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OpenMinds: How can we solve crime?

Updated Monday 9th May 2016

What can citizens do to reduce crime? How can the police and public work together? How is social media changing criminal investigations? 

Wednesday 18 May 2016

Main Hall, Mitchell Library, North Street, Glasgow, G3 7DN
5.30-6.00pm: Registration and refreshments 
6.00-7.00pm: Talk

These are some of the questions which will be raised at the next Open University (OU) OpenMinds Talk: How can we solve crime?

This public talk is for anyone with an interest in the reduction and reporting of crime.

Guest speaker, Open University Honorary Graduate Karyn McCluskey, Director of the Violence Reduction Unit Scotland, will describe her work on reducing crime in Scotland. Karyn has become well known over the past 11 years for her work in reducing all forms of violence across Scotland. She was recently appointed to the board of the Scottish Professional Football League and will draw on this in her talk to discuss how to change crowd behaviour.

Karyn will be joined by OU in Scotland Psychology Staff Tutor, Dr Hayley Ness, who will discuss how psychologists can help police to prevent miscarriages of justice and improve accuracy of evidence. She will also consider whether citizens can engage in their own investigations via social media and the impact that this might have on formal investigations.

The event will be chaired by Professor Jean Hartley, Professor of Public Leadership at The Open University Business School, Director of the OU’s Citizenship and Governance priority research area and Director of the OU Centre for Policing Research and Learning, working with 12 UK police forces to create and use research and education to improve policing.

A vote of thanks will be given by Susan Stewart, Director of The Open University in Scotland.


Registration: This event is free to attend. Please register on Eventbrite.  


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