I am a Lecturer within the Applied Criminology and Policing Centre at the University of Huddersfield. My primary focus is the delivery and development of the Diploma for Professional Policing Practice in collaboration with “Police Now”, teaching student police officers from both uniform and detective disciplines. I joined the university in February 2020 having been awarded the degree of Doctor of Education in July 2019.
Prior to joining the university, I joined Greater Manchester Police in 1985 and had a successful career spanning over thirty one and a half years. I served as Detective Sergeant within a Criminal Investigative Department, working both divisionally and throughout the force in homicide and major crime enquiries. I held a supervisory rank from 1995 and worked as a Holmes Manager in the Force Major Incident Team from 2001-2004 which involved providing advice and support to Senior Investigators on enquiries involving serious and complex Murder investigations, serious sexual offences and Kidnap.
In 2005 I was attached to the Organisational Learning and Workforce Development Branch, Crime Training in Greater Manchester Police and my role was to develop the Professionalisation of Senior Detective Investigators from the rank of Inspector to Superintendent. This has involved training officers from various UK police forces, the Royal Military Police and the Navy’s specialist investigative branch, both at force training school and overseas. I am the equivalent of PIP2 investigator trained and taught both PIP2 to new to role detective constables, sergeants and inspectors and PIP3 to Senior Investigating Officers. I maintained currency of my role by providing support and advice to the force major incident team and worked closely with the College of Policing in the development of all new detective programmes. I am a qualified coach, mentor and assessor. During my time at the training school I completed a Bachelor of Arts with Honours First Class in Education and Training leading to the completion of my doctoral programme.
I retired from the police in April 2017 and since then I have worked for the Independent Office of for Police Conduct (IOPC) on the Hillsborough Investigation and prior to joining the university I worked for the Counter Terrorist Unit North West on the enquiry into the Manchester Bomb detonated at the Ariana Grande Concert at the Manchester Arena in 2017.
Throughout my policing career, I was always keen to develop both as a police officer and an academic, something that was not always available. The development of the Diploma for Professional Policing Practice in collaboration with Police Now is an exciting and innovative programme that raises the professional status of the police service in line with other professions. It will enhance the critical thinking skills and leadership abilities of the student officers involved, underpinned with academic research and closely linked to the important policing role within communities.
Research Expertise and Interests
I am interested in all aspects of learning, particularly focussing on the development of student police officers in both community and criminal investigator roles in work placed learning environments through qualitative research.
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