Cash fund for police and experts welcomed

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EXTRA cash for police to work with academics has been welcomed.

Hampshire’s police and crime commissioner Simon Hayes has backed a £10m fund aimed at boosting work between police and experts.

Funded by the Home Office and the Higher Education Funding Council for England, it hopes the fund will link experts in criminology, economics, neuroscience and computer analytics to better understand crime.

Mr Hayes said: ‘It’s important that everything we do is based on evidence and that we do what works to protect people and places. Knowledge gained through academic research and study help us to determine this.

‘With shrinking resources, both human and financial, it is prudent to use them in a way that works most effectively to cut and prevent crime.’

He added he is already working with Cambridge University on a domestic abuse reoffending project and with the University of Portsmouth on restorative justice.

Mr Hayes urged for support to continue after the election.

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