Dr Tom Cockcroft
Head of Criminology, Leeds Beckett University and Senior Research Fellow, Canterbury Christ Church University
Tom Cockcroft is currently Head of Criminology at Leeds Beckett University and a Visiting Senior Research Fellow at Canterbury Christ Church University. He is an acknowledged authority on police culture and is the author of numerous papers and chapters on this subject. In 2012 he wrote, ‘Police Culture: Themes and Concepts’ (Routledge) and currently sits on the editorial boards of ‘Policing’, ‘Journal of Criminological Research, Policy and Practice’ and ‘Cogent Social Sciences’. He has spent most of his career working on a range of research and knowledge transfer projects focussing on policing, police training and crime/disorder reduction. His current research focuses on the impact of Higher Education on police officers, police organisations and cultures. He is currently writing a second book on police culture.
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Simon left school aged 16 with minimal qualifications. He joined the Metropolitan Police Cadet Force and served subsequently as a constable and, then, sergeant, for eleven years. During his service he was seconded to Lancaster University for undergraduate study, returning to his force with a first class honours degree, promotion to Sergeant and registration as a part-time PhD student at LSE.
Simon’s doctorate was the first ever covert, empirical study of policing in the UK. He documented uniquely what has become a ‘common-sense term’ within policing – police culture - and, rather differently, a concept fundamental to academic research about the police.
In 1975 Simon was appointed Lecturer in Sociology at Sheffield University and subsequently became Professor of Criminology and Sociology and moved to Sheffield’s School of Law as Director of its world-renown Centre for Criminological Studies. In 2004 he was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. During his last years at Sheffield he was Head of the School of Law.
Apart from his research about police culture he has also written books and many academic papers about aspects of race relations within constabularies. His work has informed national policies; public inquires into policing; key industrial tribunal cases involving minority ethnic officers; the work of Black Police Associations across the UK; and police forces in Europe and North American.
Dr Harry Peeters
Senior Research Fellow, Canterbury Christ Church University
Harry is retired from the Police Academy of the Netherlands as a Senior Strategic Consultant for the Executive Board, which position enabled him to become known as the architect of an innovative, accredited and coherent system of Dutch police training from basic educational levels up to master’s and to get involved in constructing curricula for CEPOL – Policing In Europe and the European Joint Master Programme – as well as for CCCU in collaboration with the Dutch Police Academy – the European Diploma in Policing (EDP) and the MSc in Policing – of which he was the former Programme Director on the Dutch side.
Harry currently teaches the European Policing Module of CCCU’s MA in Policing & Criminal Justice and acts as a liaison between CCCU, Dutch Universities of Applied Sciences and the Police Academy of the Netherlands with regard to exchanging expertise on digital forensics. His publications in English refer to rapid reviews for the MET on efficiency, culture and branding of the Dutch Police and to articles on ways to blend academic learning within professional police training and on constructing comparative competency profiles. He contributed to Leading Policing in Europe (Caless and Tong) in terms of conducting and translating interviews with Dutch, Belgian and German police leaders.
Formerly he was a Director of a Governance & Law Faculty at Saxion University of Applied Sciences in Enschede. He graduated in Political Science, specialised in International Relations and Polemology. He was a Councillor for a Pacifist-Socialist Party in the city of Nijmegen.
Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the Canterbury Centre for Policing Research (CCPE)
Martin is a retired West Midland Police inspector and the only officer ever to be granted a Doctoral Studentship by the Association of British Insurers. He was Head of Department at the University of Wolverhampton and led the development of a number of undergraduate and post-graduate awards for the uniformed services. He is a Committee Member of the Institute of Administrative Management and the Managing Editor of the journal, ‘Policing: a journal of Policy & Practice’ published by Oxford University Press.
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