Dyfed-Powys Police and Crime Commissioner and University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) have partnered to employ an Evidence-Based Policing Research Coordinator for a two-year pilot period.

The overarching aim is to enhance the approach to Evidence-Based Policing in the Dyfed-Powys Police area, through broadening partnerships between local academic institutions, Dyfed-Powys Police and the PCC’s Office.

The post looks to encourage the translation of academic research into local practice, through training, problem-solving and projects.

Dr Rhiannon Sandy commenced in the role on 5th February 2024, and brings a wealth of experience from academia and work on the Police Degree programme.

One month into the role, Dr. Rhiannon Sandy reflected: “There is a clear appetite within Dyfed-Powys to use academic research to enhance ways of working and policing, and I look forward to playing a role in translating that research into practice.

“However, the geography and demography of Dyfed-Powys creates challenges when applying research conducted elsewhere, so a key element of my role will be engaging with academic partners to foster research which fits the needs of the force.”

Bronwen Williams, Academic Director for UWTSD said: “We are delighted to be working with the Police and Crime Commissioner on what is a very valuable investment into evidence-based policing research in Wales.

“As a university we are committed to developing and contributing to this agenda and looking forward to working with Rhiannon and the Police and Crime Commissioner on this joint venture.”

Dafydd Llywelyn, Police and Crime Commissioner for Dyfed-Powys said: “Collaborating with institutions from the higher education sector has been a goal of mine for some time, and doing so specifically to ensure that best available evidence is used to inform and challenge policing policies, practices and decisions.

“Providing an evidence base for our actions and investments is important and by harnessing the use of technology and data to shape our services, I am certain that further improvements can be made in ensuring the security and safety of our area.”

“My long-term aspiration is for the Dyfed-Powys Police area to be recognised as an evidence-based policing centre of excellence for Wales and beyond, and it’s fantastic to be collaborating with University of Wales Trinity Saint David on this exciting development.”