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International Crime Science Network


Originally funded by the EPSRC, the ICSN is a forum for the dissemination of scientific research of relevance to crime control to fellow scientists and practitioners.

There are untapped opportunities for science to improve crime prevention and detection, and the identification and exploitation of these opportunities can be facilitated by networking scientists from different disciplines with relevant practitioner and policy communities.

The International Crime Science Network engages researchers from a wide range of disciplines in the development of a practically oriented research agenda for crime prevention and detection now called crime science. The network is international in scope, but UK based. This enables the research, and more particularly the developments from it, to be relevant to the international prevention and detection agenda and thus exploitable by UK based industry. The focus of the network is on the emerging discipline of crime science.


Why was the Network set up?

Crime science is in its early stage of development and much needs to be done to draw in experts from across a wide field and to elicit their contributions to elaborating and delivering on this ambitious agenda.

The police and other enforcement agencies have a number of significant problems to deal on a daily basis and the Network is based on a belief that the scientific community could make a real difference and assist in the solution to these problems if there were better and more permanent communication channels both within the scientific community itself (especially joining up social and other branches of science) and between scientists and the practitioner groups.

The Network facilitates meetings between a range of scientific disciplines and practitioners in the UK, but also draws on international contacts; it is anticipated that a longer-term agenda of cumulative research and improved liaison between scientists and practitioners will emerge from this interaction.

How was the Network first established?

The Network was established with a £60k network grant from the EPSRC. The grant ran from 2005 to 2007 and there were a number of events and other activities associated with it.

What are the aims of the Network?

The Network provides a forum for the presentation of scientific research of relevance to crime control in order to facilitate dissemination to fellow scientists and practitioners.

It aims to:

  • Foster contacts between practitioners and scientists, and between scientists with differing specialisms
  • Provide a forum for the discussion of realistic research programmes in crime science
  • Generate specific research proposals with clear practical application
  • Provide a forum for the discussion and dissemination of research findings in the crime science field
  • Provide a point of contact for scientists wishing to engage with criminal justice professionals and vice versa
  • Develop a means of identifying and disseminating emerging scientific publications of relevance to crime detection and reduction.

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