Siddhartha Bandyopadhyay, A University of Birmingham (UoB) academic and researcher, has been invited by the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner, David Jamieson to join the West Midlands Police Academic Advisory Board.
Bandyopadhyay, professor of Economics in the Birmingham Business School is a reputable and leading academic in his field and is the current co- director of the Centre for Crime, Justice and Policing at UoB.
The centre comprises 40 UoB academics, all from various disciplines such as Political Science, Social Policy and Criminology. The centre actively engages in statistical and evaluative research around the topic of crime through constructing policy for organisations to use or examining the causes behind crime.
The centre is currently researching organised crime, guns and knife crime, cybercrime, and child sexual abuse.
The board will provide the opportunity for academics such as Bandyopadhyay to discuss and analyse the developments in these research areas.
Academics from universities across the West Midlands, such as UoB, Birmingham City University, Aston University and Coventry University have also agreed to participate and work within the new advisory board.
The board, which will aim to start operating within the coming months, is designed for academics to combine their areas of expertise in order to each share their institutional research.
The West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson said: ‘I am really pleased that academics from across various universities have agreed to join the Board.
‘Throughout my time as Police and Crime Commissioner I have listened to the priorities of the diverse communities in the West Midlands. This board provides me with the chance to learn about the work academics are doing and listen to what they think needs to be done to reduce crime.
I am looking forward to seeing the Academic Advisory Board fully running over the next few months.’
Bandyopadhyay, said: ‘I am really pleased to be joining the advisory board which will help me feed in relevant research done at our university and centre as well as learn what other impactful work is being done in this area.
‘I also hope our collective expertise will help towards building an even more resilient police force to adapt to the challenges of 21st century transnational crime, which is a major area of work at the University of Birmingham.’
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