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John Edmondson

Lecturer in Policing
School of Justice

As a retired Police Officer John teaches across a range of policing subjects within the Forensic and Applied Sciences school. With a background in Problem Oriented Policing, Crime Prevention, and Police Training John was able to bring his expertise to help the University of Central Lancashire achieve 'Approved Provider' status for the provision of the College of Policing Certificate in Knowledge of Policing (CKP). John is also a National Teaching Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

John currently delivers on the newly created BSc(Hons) Professional Policing degree at the Burnley Campus and assists with the delivery of Hydra/Minerva Scenarios at the main Preston Campus.

John is a retired Police Sergeant having served over thirty years with the Lancashire Constabulary. During his service he was predominantly uniform based with roles in Operational Policing, Community Safety, Public Order and Training on a local, regional and national/international basis. Since retiring he has taught Further Education at both College and University level, as well as a period as a private contractor training new recruits for Lancashire Constabulary. In 1997 he was seconded to the National Police College at Bramshill, Hampshire, where he lectured on a number of senior officer 'carousel' courses and implemented a series of national seminars on topics such as 'Problem Oriented Policing', 'Strategic Policing of Protests', 'Restorative Justice' and 'Gold, Silver, Bronze Command Structure' to the Rail Industry. Whilst working for the staff college he became a link officer to the Home Office Committee working on Crime and Disorder legislation, which was enacted in October 1998. Whilst part of the Operations faculty in 1998 he was also involved in setting up the very first national Minerva Immersive Learning Suite (forerunner of the more common Hydra/Minerva of today), assessing the role of Match Commander. In the final years of his police career he worked for the National Police Improvement Agency at its Harrogate Office and was closely involved in maintaining many national police training products, more specifically the Police Probationer Training Programme and was 'on the ground floor' of the development of the new Initial Police Training and Development Programme - the national training standard for all English and Welsh Police Forces. For the final two years of his police career John became the national trainer for 'Crime Prevention' and 'Architectural Liaison' Courses, held throughout the country. Other training highlights include lecturing on the British Police Constitution and the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 at the National Police Academy in Clermont Ferrand in France in 1998 and delivering a speech on 'Police Partnership Working' to the European Parliament in Brussels in December 1998. Other career highlights include the diffusion of an IRA pipe-bomb in Rossendale in 1983 and as a Crime Scene Plan drawer, he attended twelve murders throughout his police career and was called to give evidence at High Court for each one. Prior to retirement John undertook a series of academic courses achieving a teaching qualification in Information Technology and went on to achieve a Certificate in Adult (post 16) Education. On his retirement from the police, John began a full time lecturer role at Blackburn College, delivering on their Public Service courses, before being requested to return to Lancashire Constabulary as a private contractor, delivering training and conducting research into their training programme and updating it in line with national requirements. In 2010 John was invited to conduct a 'mapping exercise' of the University of Central Lancashire's Police Degree provision against the national IPLDP and ensure it was able to receive the 'Skills Mark' awarded by the Justice Sector. Later that year John took up full time lecturing duties on the Foundation Degree in Policing for the University of Central Lancashire, based at the Burnley Campus. In 2013 the Burnley provision was closed and John transferred to the Preston Campus to continue delivering on the Foundation Degree in Policing, during this period he was asked to ‘deliver’ a first year Bangor University Police Degree to students at the Welsh College of Coleg LLandrillo, Rhos-on-Sea and prepare students to transfer on to the University of Central Lancashire’s second year Foundation Degree in Policing; a course which was completed successfully and achieved for the College its first course delivering 100% attendance, satisfaction and pass rate. In this same year John also worked with the newly created College of Policing to ensure that the University