The Chief Scientific Adviser’s (CSA) office is a new unit within the National Police Chiefs' Council (NPCC) and is led by the Policing Chief Scientific Adviser (CSA), Professor Paul Taylor. The CSA oversees policing's use of science and technology, ensuring it guides NPCC’s critical strategies, policies and decisions, helping police to protect millions of people and reduce crime.
The team promotes and uses emerging evidence, research and innovation in science and technology, including in both data and behavioural science, to advise policing on both the opportunities and risks to help reduce crime.
Established in 2015, CREST has brought together over 140 researchers from 35 universities and SMEs to deliver research that informs policy and practice in security and policing.
Before this, Professor Taylor established Lancaster’s Institute for security research, leading staff and students from 10 departments and growing an interdisciplinary strength that still defines the Institute’s contribution today.
Professor Taylor’s research uses modelling and experimentation to understand and predict human cooperation and violence. Its implications have helped in the prevention of serious crime, the negotiation of hostage crises, and the use of data in national security.
Over his career Professor Taylor has contributed science advice to a number of high profile police investigations in the UK and overseas. In 2005 he received a Metropolitan Police Service Commissioner Commendation for his contributions.