We have one of the strongest police education teams in the UK university sector
All of our experts have direct experience of working in the field, many as senior figures.
Made up of former chief constables, inspectors of UK police forces, police trainers, senior criminal investigators, senior customs officers and world-renowned researchers, our tutors and advisers offer valuable practical experience and insight, as well as the latest academic theory and thinking.
Professor Malcolm Todd BA PhD, Pro Vice-Chancellor - Student Experience
Malcolm joined the University of Derby in 2014 as Dean of College. He is a national teaching fellow and has published widely on issues of race, ethnicity, democracy and social policy. Read more about Professor Malcolm Todd
Professor Roger Baker BA MBA, Professor in Police Leadership
Professor Baker is one of the country’s most notable police leaders. In his former high-profile role with Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC), he was one of only four Inspectors of Constabulary, responsible for the inspection of the police forces of England and Wales. Roger is also a former Chief Constable of Essex Police and the former Association of Chief Police Officers’ Lead on Performance Management.
Roger left HMIC in September 2014 and has been working with our team to develop the Institute’s portfolio in police leadership. His personal expertise, as well as his networks and influence, give him a UK and international profile to be envied.
Professor Ray Bull BSc MSc DSc CPsychol, Professor of Investigation
Professor Bull is one of the world leaders in investigation and criminal psychology. His major research interest is the investigative interviewing of suspects, witnesses and victims. He also conducts research on witness memory, including voice recognition. His role within the Institute is to assist with the MSc in Criminal Investigation and to co-supervise PhD students. Read more about Professor Ray Bull
Dr Philip Hodgson BA CQSW MPhil (Cantab) MBA PhD FHEA, Deputy Director of the Institute and Lead for UK Policing
Before entering academia, Dr Hodgson was the Strategic Crime Lead at Nottingham’s Crime and Drug Partnership. He has a wealth of practical experience, having worked for the police, probation, the youth court and the voluntary sector, and he is a former independent member of Nottinghamshire Police Authority. Read an interview with Dr Philip Hodgson
Mr Nick Howe MA FHEA, Head of Leadership Education
Mr Howe was formerly a police chief superintendent with Staffordshire Police and also served as a staff officer with Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC), inspecting police forces throughout England and Wales. He was a police firearms and public order commander and also commanded sporting and other major events. He is now a senior lecturer in criminology and his teaching focuses on police leadership, ethics and contemporary issues in policing. Read an interview with Mr Nick Howe
Dr David Walsh MSc MBA PhD FHEA, Reader in Criminal Investigation
Dr Walsh is a Reader in Criminal Investigation and the Institute's Lead for Research. His research interests include the interviewing of victims, witnesses, and suspects and he has published several chapters and many papers in peer-reviewed international academic journals in this area of study. Read an interview with Dr David Walsh
Professor Geoff Berry BA, Professor in Criminal Justice
Professor Berry has worked in the crime, community safety and criminal justice area for over 30 years, holding a number of executive research posts in the police, government, private sector and academia. He has published widely and has extensive experience in managing major national and international projects, working in countries such as Canada, Australia, the USA and others in Eastern Europe.
He was Senior Academic Adviser to the UK Home Office research programme from 2000 to 2012, where he helped to shape national policing research policy and practice. His research interests include partnership, neighbourhood policing, evidence-based practice and problem solving. His work on evaluation in a policing context is widely acknowledged.
Professor Mick Creedon BA MA, Senior Visiting Fellow
Professor Creedon is Chief Constable of Derbyshire Constabulary. He started his career at Leicestershire Constabulary at the age of 22 after graduating from the University of Manchester. He spent the majority of his service working as a detective and rose to head up the Specialist Crime department before moving to Derbyshire Constabulary. Read more about Professor Mick Creedon
Mr Paul Broadbent, Senior Visiting Fellow
Mr Broadbent is Chief Executive of the Gangmasters Licensing Authority: a division of the UK Home Office which works to prevent worker exploitation, protect vulnerable people, and tackle unlicensed/criminal activity. He was previously an assistant chief constable at Nottinghamshire Police.