I joined Canterbury Christ Church University in 2013, when I was appointed senior lecturer and programme director for the Crime & Policing degree.
My professional background has been in policing, having served for over thirty-years as a police officer rising to the rank of Assistant Chief Constable.
During my police career I worked in two forces – Thames Valley Police and (on secondment) to the Metropolitan Police, where I led an initiative to tackle knife crime (Operation Blunt). I also have extensive experience of national policing having performed a variety of senior appointments in organisations such as Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary, the Home Office and the National Policing Improvement Agency.
In 2010, I took up an appointment as senior lecturer in Criminology at the University of West London where I taught policing, criminal justice and penal policy and history.
I returned to policing in 2011 as chief executive to the Kent Police Authority, and, more latterly in the same capacity, to the newly elected Police and Crime Commissioner for Kent.
My first degree was taken in History and Politics (Open University). I went on to complete a Masters degree in International Relations (Leeds) and a Diploma in Applied Criminology (Cambridge).
My main academic interests revolve around how the police interface/react with the public and communities. Current research areas include the changing appearance of the (street) constable and the risks of harm (real and perceived) to police officers whilst on duty. I am also researching a history of Commissioners of the Metropolitan Police.