CENTRIC leads the AIPAS consortium with expert input from Innovate UK, Innovation UK Business Connect, the North East Business Resilience Centre, and the Metropolitan Police.


The Centre of Excellence in Terrorism, Resilience, Intelligence and Organised Crime Research (CENTRIC) is a multidisciplinary, security-focused research centre at Sheffield Hallam University. We collaborate with research, government, industry and security stakeholders to address contemporary security challenges at the local, national and international levels. We are a diverse team of researchers, technology specialists and security experts focused on delivering tangible solutions for law enforcement and other security stakeholders. This combination makes CENTRIC uniquely placed to offer innovative applied research, professional expertise and training in the modern security environment. 

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Innovate UK and Innovate UK Business Connect

Innovate UK is the key delivery body for the government’s Innovation Strategy and provides government-backed funding to help UK-based businesses or research organisations in any part of the UK.  This funding enables organisations to grow through innovation and through the development and commercialisation of new products, processes and services. Our work is supported by an outstanding innovation ecosystem that is agile, inclusive and easy to navigate.

Support to businesses is offered through a range of interventions, including helping them:

  • to find the right partners
  • to access the right expertise and equipment
  • with financial loans and grants
  • by connecting them with investors

These interventions support the development of new approaches, across a range of technologies, in all sectors and industries. These include advanced manufacturing, artificial intelligence, digital, electronics, bioscience and advanced computing.



The North East Business Resilience Centre is a not-for-profit organisation which exists to help protect businesses from cybercrime and online fraud. We are closely linked to the seven police forces in our region and Northumbria and Sheffield Hallam Universities. We pride ourselves on offering free and affordable services to any business, regardless of size or sector, in the North East region, and communicate valuable and informative news sourced through our trusted network. As a Centre, our services range from our free Core Membership through to security training and testing and providing access to high-end cyber security services.

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Metropolitan Police (Forensic Services)

The Metropolitan Police Service is one of the oldest police services in the world and is made up of more than 43,000 officers and staff. The Met is the UK’s largest police service, policing 620 square miles and serving around 8.7 million people in one of the world’s most dynamic and diverse cities. The Met’s purpose has always been to serve and protect the people of London, and in our New Met for London plan our mission is to deliver More Trust, Less Crime and High Standards. 

The Directorate of Forensic Services is an integral part of the Metropolitan Police Service, providing an essential contribution to the investigation of crime and the administration of justice. The service employs one of the largest bodies of police staff within the Metropolitan Police Service and is also the largest forensic organisation in the United Kingdom, both within policing and the commercial sector. The Directorate contributes significantly to making London safer, through a wide range of technical and scientific expertise. Our capabilities include:

  • Crime scene examination and management
  • Fingerprint examination
  • Science examinations including firearms and imaging
  • Digital examinations including forensic imagery
  • Biometrics and Secure Operations including national counter-terrorism databases
  • Quality and capability development

Website: Metropolitan Police Service