Ben Bradford has been awarded a grant from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) to research mounted police in the UK, the 12 month project, which is being run in conjunction with RAND and the Association of Chief Police Officers, starts in October 2013.
The project will investigate the ways in which mounted police work is experienced in the UK through a unique observational methodology alongside focus groups with police officers and policed citizens. This research will build on current work being undertaken through the University of Oxford on behalf of UK police forces, to build an evidence base on which future strategies and priorities regarding mounted policing can be set. This project is being supported by mounted police units across the UK, and has secured significant financial and in-kind contributions from police partners.
This will be the first substantive investigation into this aspect of police work, and the research will generate user impact through a report, multiple workshops and a national event for police partners.