University of Leicester establishes partnership with police training college in China

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Memorandum of Understanding signed with Zhejiang Police College to encourage collaboration on forensic and policing issues

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 26 October 2015

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The University of Leicester has signed an agreement with Zhejiang Police College, China, that will see the sharing of world-leading expertise in forensic science, traditional police work and more.

Criminologists at the University of Leicester have put their names to a Memorandum of Understanding at a symposium on forensic science hosted by Zhejiang Police College in September. The relationship will enable research partnerships between the two institutions and exchange visits for academics and students, whilst encouraging collaboration in areas of mutual interest.

The collaboration will focus around the area of forensic science, specifically, fingerprint enhancement, and what are considered ‘traditional’ policing skills. However, the MOU will also offer opportunities for academics outside of Criminology or forensic science by providing access to Chinese politics, history, culture and policing that might otherwise be difficult to acquire.

Supported by the University’s Research and Enterprise Division, the relationship may also open up funding opportunities to expand the academic and business relationship between the UK and China.

Dr John Bond OBE, from the University of Leicester Department of Criminology, signed the MoU on behalf of the University.

He said: “Zhejiang Police College is a new technical university specialising in criminal justice disciplines, such as forensic science.  Whilst we have already started to exchange ideas with ZPC in this area, the collaboration offers opportunities for Leicester academics and students with an interest in the broader aspects of Chinese society.”

Dr Bond invented a novel method of recovering fingerprints from spent brass shell casings, which has been used to provide prosecution evidence in murder trials across the US.  He has continued to invent new ways of recovering fingerprints from ‘difficult’ surfaces and some of these are now in commercial production, used by law enforcement agencies worldwide and have been recognised by international innovation awards.

Zhejiang Police College is located in Hangzhou and is the principal training centre for police officers and the Department of Public Security for Zhejiang Province.  It is also the Chinese organiser of Chinese-EU collaborations.

Zhejiang Police College has a new dedicated campus and in 2013 was granted permission to award undergraduate degrees by the Ministry of Education.  It now has 4,000 students who complete a four year programme and graduate with a bachelor’s degree, majoring in a variety of disciplines.

Dr Jingyang XU, from the Zhejiang Police College Forensic Science Department, said: “I and my colleagues at Zhejiang Police College very much welcome this collaboration and look forward to the enrichment of our research and teaching that it will bring to many of our departments.”

The MoU was also signed by Caroline Quest, Director of Research and Enterprise, and Professor Jo Phoenix, Head of Department of Criminology, of the University of Leicester; and Professor Xu Tao, Deputy Director of the International School, and Prof. Lv Yunping, Dean of the Department of Forensic Science, of Zhejiang Police College.

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For more information contact Dr John Bond: e-mail: jwb13@le.ac.uk

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