John L. Edmondson

Lecturer, Foundation Degree in Policing

School of Forensic and Applied Sciences

Maudland Building, MB219

+44 (0) 1772 89 4378

Subject Areas: Criminology and Policing

John is a retired police officer, having served 31 years with Lancashire Constabulary, in uniform response, training and Crime Prevention. Since retirement, having obtained necessary teaching qualifications he has delivered courses for Blackburn College, Lancashire Constabulary and UCLan.

Full Profile

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 John 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, John became a link officer to the Home Office Committee working on Crime and Disorder legislation, which was enacted in October 1998.

In the final years of his police career, John 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 he 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.

Prior to retirement, John undertook a series of academic courses achieving a teaching qualification in Information Technology and went on to achieve a PGCE.

On his retirement, 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's Police Degree provision against the national IPLDP and ensure it was able to receive the 'Skills Mark'. In June 2010 John took up full time lecturing duties on the Foundation Degree in Policing for UCLan, based at the Burnley Campus, eventually moving to deliver on the course at the main campus in Preston in 2013.

In September 2013, he was also responsible for delivering the course to students at the Welsh College, Coleg LLandrillo, preparing students to transfer from a Bangor University Course on to the UCLan degree course.

In 2014 John took up joint management of the UCLan Hydra/Minerva Immersive Learning Suite and is responsible for creation and delivery of ‘immersive scenarios’.

John is also responsible for maintaining the academic quality of the Fd Policing Course. In 2014 he obtained for UCLan the ‘Approved Provider’ status required by the College of Policing, for delivery of the Certificate in Knowledge of Policing (CKP) a status the University still holds.

Teaching Activities and Responsibilities

  • Lecturer on the Foundation Degree in Policing
  • Co- Manager of the Hydra/Minerva ‘Immersive Learning’ Suite
  • Quality Assurance Officer for Certificate in Knowledge of Policing (CKP)
  • Students Admission Officer


  • ESRC Seminars/workshops Truck Crime – Preston / Ashford / Coventry
  • Truck-Crime National Conference - Preston
  • National Security Forum - Birmingham

External Affiliations and Roles

  • FHEA