The Fourth Annual Conference of the Higher Education Forum for Learning and Development in Policing (POLCON 4)
Conference theme: 'Police reform and austerity: challenges for police leadership, professionalisation and the College of Policing’
3rd and 4th September 2013
Hosted by the Department of Law & Criminal Justice Studies
POLCON4 will discuss policing in the context of reform and the introduction of the College of Policing in the United Kingdom. The conference explores the potential for higher education and the police service to establish sustainable partnerships, professionalisation, the identification of research priorities, professional curriculum development, research informed teaching and evidence-based policing in the context of rapid reform in the police service and society more widely. Keynote speakers will present papers that will have relevance to shaping the policing landscape in learning and development and the prospect of supporting a professional police service.
Confirmed speakers include:
Rt Hon David Hanson MP, Shadow Minister for Policing
Prof Shirley Pearce, Chair College of Policing
Alex Marshall, Chief Executive Officer, College of Policing
Sara Thornton, Chief Constable of Thames Valley Police
Stephen Rimmer, Director General, Crime & Policing Group, Home Office
Prof Jenny Fleming, University of Southampton
Peter Spindler, Assistant Inspector, HMIC
Prof Maurice Punch, London School of Economics/King’s College London
The conference is aimed at police tutors, trainers, learning and development managers, police officers, police staff, academics, researchers, police managers and human resources staff.
FINAL CALL FOR PAPERS has now ended:
Professional policing, partnerships between HEIs and police services, innovated practice, pre-employment learning and continued professional development, research and development in policing, initial police learning and specialisation, technology-enhanced learning provision, challenges in police reform and leadership.
Provisional Conference Timetable:
Tuesday 3rd Sept
1030-1630 Keynote and parallel papers
1615-1715 Forum meeting
1815 -1900 Drinks reception
1915 Conference meal
Wednesday 4th Sept
0930-1505 Keynote and parallel papers
1505-1530 Conference closure
Please email abstracts on the proposal form and direct any enquiries regardihng payment to Lauren Dale on
Conference Booking The standard delegate rate for the conference is £210 with a student rate of £170 for both days. A daily rate is also available at £120. Lunch AND a conference meal is included.
The University can provide single bed en-suite rooms close to the campus and the city centre at £57 per night for the Monday and/or Tuesday evenings in the new student union building by contacting 0800 456 1116. These can be booked when registering for the conference. Conference attendees may alternatively choose to take advantage of a number of hotels in the city. Please be aware that Canterbury attracts large numbers of tourists and hotel rooms tend to be booked up early.
Parking The University will be unable to offer any parking for the conference so please follow this link for parking information in the city.
Campus location and transport The University campus is located close to the city centre with various transport links. Click here for further information.
Registration Book now online
Conference Poster (pdf)