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The Policing group of the Criminal Justice Partnership offers cross-disciplinary excellence, in relation to research and knowledge around policing and serious & organised crime. The group offers evidence-based research around real world issues.

There are many opportunities across the subject area of ‘Policing’ (policing includes a variety of local/ national/international law enforcement agencies, public sector agencies, private sector, NGOs, as well as community groups). UCLan Policing Group draws on the strengths of a wide variety of academic disciplines with many members having come from practitioner backgrounds and/or still working as practitioners.  This is particularly relevant when thought of in the context of reform, with recent austerity measures affecting ‘policing’ services across the world, increasing the role for innovation and evidence based practice.

Our Policing lead is Professor Stuart Kirby whose first career was in Lancashire Constabulary, divided between uniform and detective posts, including: Head of Intelligence, Head of Uniform & Detective training, Head of Corporate Development and Divisional Commander. During his career he has commanded many overt and covert policing operations as well as being a hostage negotiator. He retired in 2007 as Detective Chief Superintendent in charge of HQ Crime & Operations Division and became a Criminology lecturer (and senior lecturer) at Lancaster University. He moved to UCLan in 2015 as Professor of Policing & Criminal Investigation. Stuart is a registered chartered psychologist and has assisted police forces across the UK as a Behavioural Investigative Advisor (formerly known as an Offender Profiler) on investigations concerning the sexual exploitation of children. He has published in academic, police, and government publications both in the UK and U.S.A. and his book ‘Effective Policing: Implementation in theory and practice’ is published by Palgrave MacMillan.

The Policing Group consists of academics from Forensic & Applied Social Science School, Criminology, Engineering, Physical Sciences and Computing, Law, Psychology, Sports Science, Business School, Politics, Media and Geography.

The Group provides a valued resource for CJ policy makers and practitioners, that can provide a dynamic and flexible resource, able to provide advice and consultancy services in a collaborative approach. 

There are four other research groups under the Criminal Justice Partnership theme. Find out more below.

Social and Restorative Justice
Youth and Justice
Mental Health and Criminal Justice
Violence and Aggression

Policing, Cyber crime, Human Trafficking, Serious and Organised Crime, Counter terrorism, Child Sexual Exploitation

  • The policing group will concentrate on real world impact by utilising a more integrated relationship with professionals in the field, at the cutting edge of national and international operational development.
  • This mutually beneficial collaboration brings professionals (with new challenges and methods of working) together with UCLan staff (who bring academic rigour, theory and evidence based approaches).
  • This will encourage an approach to research that is alive and sympathetic to real world implementation challenges (often disregarded in the academic literature). 

We publish high quality research in peer-reviewed international academic journals. Our publications range from professional commentaries and opinion pieces, to reports for industry and government bodies, to full academic research papers.

Professor David Kennedy (John Jay University, New York) will be visiting UCLan in February 2017 as part of the Distinguished Visitor Programme.

You are invited to attend his public lecture on Focused Crime Prevention

Monday 20th February 2017 – 5pm to 6pm
Greenbank Lecture Theatre, UCLan Preston

Focused Crime Prevention

A developing body of academic and applied work shows that a remarkably simple and common-sense form of engagement with small numbers of exceptionally high-risk people can reliably produce substantial reductions in serious violence.  Kennedy will present the theoretical framework and explore applications in gang violence, domestic violence, drug markets, and other settings.

To register for the event and find out more please click HERE

Evidence based Policing conference at UCLan

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