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Professional Doctorate in Policing and Society (DPS)

Professional Doctorate in
Policing and Society (DPS)

Policing in the UK is undergoing a period of rapid change. This includes policing diverse populations in a climate of austerity in an increasingly complex political world. Technological advances are continually being introduced, some of which are controversial in their application and deployment. Privatisation of policing remains a controversial option and many policing topics remain emotive.

The course aims to develop an understanding of the range of problems facing policing in contemporary society and debate options to resolve them.

Discipline Specific modules

Policing Issues in Contemporary Society

The aim of this module is to provide a critical understanding of contemporary issues in policing. It is centrally concerned with relations within the police and between the police and public. You will examine structures of governance and accountability and contemporary controversies associated with policing styles in the contemporary context.

Policing is viewed in the widest context such as investigations by the British Transport Police; The RSPCA; Fraud investigations Benefit investigations; CCTV management, Door security, Corruption, Community Safety Partnership working etc. We hope to reveal many of these issues to you across the course of the module.

At the end of this module you will:

  • Acquire an ability to assess a range of criminological, sociological, psychological perspectives and related disciplines and discuss the strengths of each for the understanding of events.
  • Draw on evidence to evaluate competing perspectives in policing and demonstrate an ability to synthesise them.
  • Evaluate the viability of competing explanations in explaining problems with police studies and draw appropriate conclusions.

Preventing Crime: Applying Local, National and International Practices

This module addresses the different ways in which law enforcement currently tackles crime. Crime is a local, national and international problem, and law enforcement, particularly if a democratic country, is under pressure to tackle a wide range of crimes and serve a diverse local, national and international public. Public expectation of law enforcement is often unrealistic however, but law enforcement is still expected to manage crime and public and political demands. This module will examine the different ways in which local, national and international law enforcement tackle crime. It reviews campaigns, strategies and initiatives designed by law enforcement to reduce and prevent crime, and the sanctions employed (i.e., a financial penalty, community punishment and/or imprisonment of individuals or a combination of these) working with criminal justice and non-criminal justice sector.

The aim of this module is to:

  • Critically examine the different ways in which to tackle crime and therefore review and examine local, national and international techniques that have had some success in reducing the level of crime.
  • Critically discuss how crime tackling approaches are assessed.
  • Examine the role of partnerships and stakeholders beyond law enforcement (non-criminal justice sector) in reducing crime.
  • Assess the application of techniques/strategies to other jurisdictions and long term management of law and order maintenance.

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