Nick Howe

What is your role within the Institute?

My title is Head of Leadership Education and I’m also a deputy director for the Institute. In practice this means that I lead the MSc Police Leadership, Strategy and Organisation and develop partnership and business relationships across all sectors involved in policing and justice.

Whilst my interests are broad, my research for the Institute will be focused upon how the police work in partnership with other organisations and also around the topic of leadership.

What have been your key successes or achievements in the field of policing?

In my policing career, I was very proud to gain the rank of Chief Superintendent with Staffordshire Police and also to be selected to serve as a staff officer with Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary. I inspected police forces throughout England and Wales against the backdrop of the UK Government’s police reform agenda.

I’m currently undertaking doctoral studies, examining how the police operate within the context of partnerships, so in future, I hope to be able to provide new information about this topic and add a PhD to my list of achievements!

What do you think are the greatest challenges and opportunities facing international policing today?

Policing is undergoing a radical transformation in the UK and internationally, driven by the desire for greater public accountability, the importance of community partnership and a growing crisis in police legitimacy.

Against this backdrop it becomes increasingly important for policing services to not only become more responsive to the ‘here and now’, but also to consider the future and its needs. Therefore police leaders must use new thinking and develop new solutions to often recurring challenges.

Our leadership training and education within the Institute seeks to incorporate professional, personal and business skills, and recognises the need for collaborative and thought leadership, since policing is increasingly delivered through partnerships.

Policing can no longer be considered in isolation; our world has become more interconnected. The Institute promises to be at the forefront of this new thinking and aims to secure a greater evidence base for policing and police responses, generated by the highest quality research.

How do you think the Institute and its partners can benefit from working together?

Our distinctive approach is based upon a collaborative outlook that seeks to frame policing within a relationship model. By that I mean that we believe policing is not just the domain of the police; the responsibility for policing and civil society touches many other organisations and public offices.

Therefore we embrace concepts such as partnership, privatisation, pluralisation and internationalisation and these are integrated into our programmes and overall strategy.

By thinking things through in a more joined-up and interconnected way and by bringing global partners together, we will encourage a new understanding of different, and sometimes competing, perspectives on the challenges facing policing.