I currently work at the Broadstairs Campus - Policing and Policing Studies Lecturer - Head of Year 2 and module lead for Policing and Police Pracice; Neighbourhood Policing; Community Based Study and Academic and Professional Practice. I also lead on the in-service module on Neighbourhood Policing.
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.
On leaving the Police Service in 2011 I joined Canterbury Christ Church University as a Study Skills Adviser and in 2013 joined the Department of Law and Criminal Justice as a Lecturer in Policing and Police Studies.
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.
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
Publications and research outputs
Currently undertaking research into Police and Crime Commissioners and co-writing a book with Dr Bryn Caless