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The Academic Research Team is responsible for monitoring all research undertaken within the force using force data, facilities, resources or staff and officer duty time.

This is to ensure force data is used according to our statutory obligations under Data Protection and to co-ordinate research activities, avoiding duplication and maximizing the benefits to the organization and the communities we serve.

This application form must be completed by any individual seeking to carry out a research project using Force data, systems or consulting with staff or officers.

Applications are evaluated using several criteria including:
  • Legal frameworks (Data Protection)
  • Security of Information
  • Value of the research
  • Ease of data abstraction/abstraction of resource from core duties
  • Reputation and expertise of the researcher/research institution

Research cannot be commenced until approved by West Midlands Police.