During a private visit to Vietnam over the Christmas period PERU's Dr Peter Traynor was invited to address the Vietnamese National Police Academy in Hanoi.

The academy is formally a university and recruits undergo 3 or 4 years of training before graduating to be police officers. Peter spoke for nearly an hour to full room of about sixty students, police officers and lecturers. He talked about the work we do at PERU, and about evaluation and research methods more generally, and his own experiences of researching in criminal justice. He tried to emphasise not just what might be learnt from the UK experience but what the UK could learn from Vietnam in terms of policing and governance. This was followed by a lively Q&A session with some challenging questions, including, perhaps inevitably, a question about the policing of football matches.

Peter said “It was a great experience and a real honour to speak to so many talented and intelligent students and staff.”

There is a news item about the presentation on the Police Academy website (in Vietnamese) here: