Dr Kassim Noor Mohamed BA MSc PhD FHEA, Senior Lecturer in Criminal Justice, Royal Malaysia Police Project Manager
Kassim joined the University of Derby in June 2013, as a senior lecturer in criminal justice and the Malaysian-based project manager of the programmes that the Institute accredits for the Royal Malaysia Police (RMP).
Key achievements with RMP
Kassim's role as Project Manager has been pivotal to the success of the RMP collaboration; this accreditation and delivery of training programmes for an overseas police service is a world first.
During the initial pilot project in 2013, around 3,000 trainee constables completed their basic training and graduated with a qualification accredited by the University of Derby.
The inaugural graduation ceremony was held at the RMP College in Kuala Lumpur, which was attended by a delegation of the University’s senior management, including the Vice-Chancellor.
The RMP’s senior personnel were very impressed with the results and, working closely with Kassim, additional programmes were agreed.
In early 2015 Kassim was in Kuala Lumpur to oversee the graduation of over 3,000 police trainees; he also attended the graduation ceremony in Kuching for 644 sergeants and 150 constables who had also successfully completed their training — all of which were accredited by the University.
Before coming to the UK in 1999, Kassim, who is from Malaysia, worked for the Royal Malaysian Customs (RMC).
During his 21-year career he rose through the ranks to become a senior customs officer. In his last role as a customs officer he worked with a specialist intelligence and surveillance squad that took part in joint operations with the police and other law enforcement agencies. It was during this time that Kassim established his network of contacts with the RMP, which he maintained after leaving the RMC.
Forging links with the University
For a number of years Kassim had been considering how the RMP could further enhance the quality of its training programmes and work toward their objective of becoming a world-class police service.
In 2010 Kassim and Dato Shabudin Bin Abdul Wahab — the former Senior Deputy Commissioner of RMP training — started to formally consider how they could take things forward and in early 2013, a meeting was arranged with Professor Kevin Bampton and Nick Howe at the University of Derby. The aim of the meeting was to determine what could be achieved, to consider the courses that were available and to see if the University would be able to accredit or validate the RMP’s training.
Following their initial meetings, Kassim and his colleagues in the RMP were very keen to work with the University given that majority of the criminology lecturers and academic staff had backgrounds in law enforcement, with a high proportion being former police officers or from other law enforcement agencies. It was the practitioner experience that, in particular, attracted the RMP to the University of Derby.
Kassim and his colleagues were equally impressed with Professor Kevin Bampton and Nick Howe who were willing to develop the kind of accreditation and validation programme that the RMP were looking for.
Today, as Project Manager and the main point of contact for the RMP, Kassim’s remit is to maintain and enhance the relationships with the senior officials in the RMP and the Malaysian Government, which he achieves by spending around six months of the year in the country.
To ensure that the Institute’s standards are maintained, Kassim is rigorous on gathering feedback from their graduates and he regularly organises focus groups to determine overall satisfaction with the training provided. The vast majority are very happy with the training they receive and the fact that they graduate as police officers with accreditation from a UK university.
As a lecturer, Kassim draws on his frontline experiences from his time with the RMC and from the joint operations he carried out with other law enforcement agencies, which help to reinforce the practical applications of academic theory.
He believes this is one of the main selling points of the Institute: practitioner-led applied learning. He also gives guest lectures on some of the applied criminology courses for the Institute and on how to do research with dangerous criminals.