Staff Profile


Mrs Jane Owens

Senior Lecturer

School: School of Law, Policing and Social Sciences

Campus: Broadstairs

Tel: 01227 921874

Profile summary

I currently work in a training consortium of CCCU, Middlesex, Cumbria and Portsmpouth universities, delivering the national PEQF programme to 3 police forces (Hampshire, Surrey and Sussex). I am a senior lecturer and the Programme Director for the Detective Degree Holder Entry Programme. 

I was a serving police officer between 1985 and 2011, holding ranks of Constable, Sergeant and Inspector, retiring from Bedfordshire Police. 

Between 2006 and 2011 I worked with the National Policing Improvement Agency as Inspector, Core Leadership Programme - where I designed, implemented and evaluated national Sergeant and Inspector Management and Leadership training. I had a particular interest in Neighbourhood Management and Equality and Diversity. I delivered a 4-week Leadership programme for senior Police managers in Trinidad and Tobago.

I have been a member of 4 ACPO working parties  - Sexual Orientation; Disability and Mental Health; Age and final the ACPO response to the Sheehy Inquiry.

Between 2004 and 2006 I was the Diversity Manager for Bedfordshire Police. Prior to this I held specialist positions of Training Manager; Training Evaluation Manager; Staff officer to the Chief constable and Organisational Research Development Manager.

My academic research background lies in Occupational Psychology, having undertaken a Masters Programme with Leicestershire University and undertaken research into Police Recruitment Practice.

Research and knowledge exchange

Whilst employed by the Police Service I undertook the following research projects:

Sexual Orientation - on behalf of the ACPO working I completed a survey of Police Officers.

Equality and Diversity - I researched ways to support minority groups serving in the police. From the research I was able to establish a monthly newsletter 'Diversity Matters' which was acknowledged by an ACPO working party as a 'significant communication tool' and was adopted by forces as an example of best practice.

AGE - as a member of the ACPO working party on Age Discrimination I researched the joining age for police recruitment and made a recommendation to reduce the joining age from 18 and a half to 18. This was accepted and has subsequently been amended by the Home Office.

Police promotion - I worked with a Home Office team to review Police Promotion and researched the feasibility of formal qualifications becoming part of the promotion process. 


Whilst at CCCU I have worked in partnership with the Department of Health to complete a pilot study into student pre induction processes. A report has been complied and submitted for publication to ALDinHE.

External activities

2008 to 2010 - Various presentations to Regional Police Forces on the Implementation of Leadership Training

2010 - Presentation to UNISON Conference - Management and Leadership Training in the Police Service

2010 - Presentation to Police Leaders - The Core Leadership Development Programme

2017 - Delivered a presentation on Universty Student Engagement at a national university forum. 

Publications and research outputs

Caless, B and Owens, J (2016) Police and Crime Commissioners: the transformation of police accountability. Bristol: Policy Press

Blackstones  Handbook for Policing Students (2020) Edited by Bryant R. and Bryant S.


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