About us

Who We Are

This site has been developed by a partnership of academics from Keele University and Staffordshire University working collaboratively with colleagues from Staffordshire Police, the Office of the Commissioner for Police, Fire and Rescue and Crime for Staffordshire and a range of multi-agency partners concerned with crime prevention, crime reduction and community safety.

The site came out of a wider research programme which focused on the need to develop effective mechanisms for knowledge exchange, development and implementation at every level within and between police forces and partner agencies — mechanisms which facilitate effective ‘trickle down’ of innovation and knowledge from senior levels and also encourages the development and sharing of ‘bottom-up‘ knowledge and innovation.

The programme is intended to identify and overcome obstacles to staff receptiveness to innovation, to encourage a sense of ‘ownership’ of innovation and change among staff and to help overcome reluctance to adopt innovations perceived to have been imposed from above.

Our Research

We are using the principles of Work-Based and Action Learning, reinforced by relevant, theoretically rigorous and evidence-based academic support (an approach that we have dubbed Action Learning Plus).

We also encourage operational staff in policing and partner agencies to share experience and operational knowledge, begin to ‘frame’ operational challenges and think about solutions. In the first instance this will be through a network of knowledge exchange groups (KEGs) ranging from informal opportunities for staff to meet to discuss issues and share experience, to discussions between operational staff and external ‘experts’ through to KEGs intended to focus on and explore specific operational challenges or issues.

This level of operational staff input is also designed to help staff become more confident in the use, critique and development of knowledge in the context of their daily operational challenges. KEGs will also be used to help to identify, formulate and frame potential research projects in discussion with staff at all levels of the Force and partner agencies. The formative input of operational staff in the framing of these projects will help to overcome obstacles to receptivity to these new forms of knowledge.

In parallel with the KEGs, throughout the period of PKF funding and beyond there will be a series of problem oriented knowledge workshops/seminars open to operational staff and other relevant partners, where the emphasis will be more on the critical scrutiny of more strategic and theoretical forms of knowledge applied to the tasks and challenges of policing and community safety.

We are also developing a raft of the work-based learning focussed CPD, Masters Programmes and Professional Doctorates, delivered by specialist staff at the two partner HEIs.

More information about our programmes

Taught Post-graduate programmes in Criminology and Criminal Justice at Keele.

Keele offers a programme of studies designed to fit around the requirements of employment.  The programme is delivered through a mixture of on-line resources and a small number of intensive face to face study days delivered at Keele, which are intended to be fitted into training/development days and/or annual leave.  Students can study at their own pace and the programme leads to a Post-Graduate certificate, a Post-Graduate Diploma or a Masters degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice.  More information about this programme of studies can be found on the Keele University homepage. 

Keele also now offers a Professional Doctorate in Criminology and Criminal Justice (or DCrim).  This is a 4-8 year part-time course designed to provide a specialist route for professionals and managers working in the field of criminal justice, or in related fields, who wish to embark on doctoral study located within their own professional discipline and practice. In the first two years you would be required to attend taught modules. There are 5 modules in total, each of which is taught in 1-2 day blocks. Around this formal teaching, there are regular opportunities for face to face and e-mail support. In years 3 - 4 (and beyond where necessary) you would work under the guidance and support of a nominated supervisor to produce a 60,000 word thesis on a topic that relates to a challenge or issue in your own professional practice.  Further information about the Professional Doctorate in Criminology and Criminal Justice can also be found on the Keele University Homepage.

Taught Post-graduate programmes at Staffordshire University.

Staffordshire University offers a number of opportunities for Police and related criminal justice professionals to study at postgraduate level.  More information about courses can be found on the Staffordshire University course page.



Who Maintains this site?

Tony Kearon


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