Millie Garrod (ISJC)

Visiting Senior Fellow in Policing Research and Policy

Research Directorate

Millie currently works as a Higher Analyst jointly for Suffolk and Norfolk Constabularies having begun her career with Suffolk Constabulary in 2013 as a volunteer Special Constable. She gained her BSc (Hons) degree in Psychology from the University of East Anglia, during which she had developed a passion for forensic and developmental Psychology, and this led to her interest in Policing.  Millie has been employed within the Joint analytical department (SBOS) responsible for assisting with embedding evidence-based policing across the Constabularies; producing evaluations and evidence reviews, training student officers on Evidence Based Policing (EBP) and engaging with senior officers. The University of Suffolk were part of a research collaboration who helped the constabulary to develop the practice of EBP.

Millie now supervises the team responsible for evaluations, benefits analysis, and the production of the Force Management Statement (FMS) for His Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Service (HMICFRS).  Providing an evidence-base is still at the crux of what Millie does, and she believe it is vital to ensure an effective and efficient workforce.

Her experience within policing and academia has taught her the importance of collaboration with academic and external partners. Millie has seen first-hand the impact which research can have on policing and first responders. For example, Millie worked with the College of Policing to pilot a Domestic Abuse (DA) training programme which saw improvements to the engagement between officers and victims, as well as improved attitudes and knowledge in relation to DA.

Since the beginning of her time within the analytical department, Millie and her team have collaborated with various academic partners and her predecessor previously engaged with the University of Suffolk, during which time, she was able to see the value of the association with the University. Suffolk and Norfolk Constabulary are currently also part of a 23-force collaboration with academic partners across the Open University Centre of Policing Research and Learning which is helpful in forming connections where Suffolk Constabulary have been able to collaborate with academics on research. Millie believes a collaboration with the University of Suffolk will only help to grow an evidence-base and provide a stronger local community.