The Purpose of PIEL

The purpose of the new international collaboration is to drive progressive change in policing, inspired by the founding Peelian tenets of community-led policing by consent, with a mission for a renaissance of policing in a 21st century context: to reset the best of the past within a more progressive future.

The approach focuses on enabling community policing by consent, as a co-productive relationship between citizens and agencies, working together for the common goal of the prevention of crime. The aim is to offer a space for all to come together to incubate a future-orientated vision for progressive policing that can enable community policing by consent, trust and legitimacy.

How PIEL Works

Policing is too important to be about just what the police do. Policing is a collective effort to make communities safer by working together. PIEL drives innovative enterprise and learning by bringing together professional, academic and community thinkers in a collaborative space to listen, co-problematise and co-produce insights, targeting real-world problems and re-imagining prototype policing of the future. PIEL brings communities and agencies together in one place to jointly design creative, sustainable solutions: as a policing Silicon Valley.

Centre Directors

Director (interim): Professor John Coxhead

Professor John Coxhead is a Keele graduate and a leading pracademic, with over 30 years' experience in policing. He is a professor of policing innovation and learning, winner of two Queen's Awards for Innovation in Police Learning and Development and founder of the UK Innovation in Policing Competition. As well as being a regular journal peer reviewer, he is a columnist for Police Professional, the UK's biggest-selling policing publication. John's career has entailed working with Europol, the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA), the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and Her Majesty's Inspectorate.

John Coxhead

Co -Director: Ruwan Uduwerage Perara

Ruwan Uduwerage-Perera is a former British police officer of British and Sri Lankan descent, a founding member and the first elected General Secretary to the National Black Police Association (1999-2003), a former national and international police trainer, and advisor and campaigner in the field of equality & diversity, and community engagement issues. As the policing diverse communities manager for the College of Policing (2003-2007), Ruwan was an adviser on equality, diversity and community engagement issues for the National Centre for Policing Excellence. Ruwan was part of a small team, tasked by the National Police Chiefs' Council and the Home Office to research the police response to the inter-ethnic civil disorders.

Ruwan Uduwerage-Perera

Co-Director: Charles Crichlow

Charles D Crichlow is currently the programme leader for BSc Professional Policing Studies Pre-Join and Top-up degrees at the University of East London. He served for 30 years in Greater Manchester Police where during the 1990s he developed a passion for community policing and issues of fairness in policing in general. He completed his Master's degree in Crime Law and Society (Criminology) in 2008 at the University of Manchester. In 2009, he was commissioned by the National Black Police Association to conduct a 10th Anniversary internal review of the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry report, which was the catalyst for the commissioning of the Smith (2012) Report into Disproportionality in Police Professional Standards. On retirement from policing (2020), Charles was awarded the Queens Policing Medal (QPM) for services to policing.

Charles Crichlow

Deputy Directors

Dr Emma Cunningham

Emma Cunningham's background is in politics, feminism and criminology, which inform her teaching, research and community interest areas. She has taught police officers, undergraduates and postgraduates, and was involved in the England-Africa Partnership with education and policing in Rwanda with British Council funding. She has taught Understanding Domestic and Sexual Violence, Victims Rights and Restorative Justice and Victims and Offenders. Emma was a trustee and management member in the community on young people's projects and domestic violence support agencies. She worked with colleagues on a police crime commissioner-funded project to explore early intervention in domestic violence cases involving school children, called Operation Encompass.

Dr Nadia Habashi

Dr Nadia Habashi FRSA is strategic academic lead and lead for policing research in the Department of Criminology and Policing at the University of East London. During the period 2018-2020 she led the review into allegations of institutional racism at the Westway Trust, on behalf of Tutu Foundation UK (TFUK). Dr Habashi has a proven track record in championing and advocating on issues of race and inclusion. During the period 2002-2013 she worked in the following government departments: Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), Office for Criminal Justice Reform (OCJR) and Ministry of Justice (MOJ). She uses her considerable research, drafting skills and knowledge of the criminal justice system on a range of initiatives where she has championed and advocated on issues of inclusion and race. She has a PhD in Race and Participatory Governance and is an expert in race and the use of community engagement to improve performance of criminal justice agencies.