Denise Hanson

Lecturer in Policing

School of Forensic and Applied Sciences

Maudland Building, MB219

+44 (0) 1772 89 3913

Subject Areas: Criminology and Policing, Law

Denise has extensive experience in policing with particular expertise in Leadership, Multi-agency Partnership working, Change Management and Professional Development.  She is also involved in the UCLan Criminal Justice Partnership which comprises of a team of academic experts and practitioners from different disciplines within the Criminal Justice sector to deliver evidence based research, evaluation and advice in all areas of Criminal Justice.

Research Groups

  • Criminal Justice Partnership

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Denise has experience in policing through her background with Lancashire Constabulary.  As well as gaining extensive experience in the operational field, Denise worked on the early strategic alliance between UCLan and Lancashire Constabulary which is recognised today as the Criminal Justice Partnership.  In managing talent for business longevity and success she produced innovative internal and external leadership development programmes inspired through a keen interest in the progression of others.  She has expertise in the field of change management within policing during the most high risk and dynamic organisational reviews in the Constabulary’s history.

Denise is part of a working group researching criminal justice and mental health within the University and has a keen interest in evidence based policing optimising the delivery of policing services within the community.

She is currently undertaking a Professional Doctorate in Criminal Justice with interests in the decision making of police officers dealing with mental health, police officer training, police culture and leadership.

Denise is a full time lecturer on both the Foundation Degree in policing (Policing FdSc) and the Policing and Criminal Investigation (BSc Hons) courses.

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Institute of Leadership and Management
Research activities
  • Criminal Justice Partnership : Mental Health and Criminal Justice
Teaching activities and responsibilities
  • Module Tutor for FZ2103 General Police Duties on  Foundation Degree in Policing
  • Module Tutor for FZ1041 Introduction to Law and Police Powers on  BSc (Hons) Policing and Criminal Investigation