Professor Mick Creedon BA MA, Chief Constable of Derbyshire Constabulary, Senior Visiting Fellow
Mick Creedon is the Chief Constable of Derbyshire Constabulary and Visiting Fellow at the University and the Institute.
With over 35 years’ experience working in the police service, Mick's experience dates back to 1980 when he joined Leicestershire Constabulary after graduating from the University of Manchester. In 1991 Mick gained an MA in Criminology from the University of Leicester.
In 2007 Mick became the Chief Constable of Derbyshire Constabulary and has since worked hard to raise standards and improve the performance of policing in Derbyshire.
In November 2014 Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) reported that: “Derbyshire Constabulary is good at reducing crime and preventing offending. The force is good at investigating offending and good at tackling anti-social behaviour.”
As well as leading a forward-thinking and progressive constabulary, Mick has been involved in numerous national strategic reviews and working groups, which have required him to work closely with other governmental and enforcement agencies, including:
- the Home Office
- Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA)
- National Crime Agency (NCA), and
- HM Revenue and Customs.
In November 2014, the Home Office produced a guide to 'Serious and Organised Crime Local Profiles', which Mick contributed to.
He has also led several external force reviews and investigations, including evaluating the work of a Special Branch covert policing unit in the Metropolitan Police between 1968 and 2008.
Mick has also been invited to speak at various conferences, including SOCEX ’15 (Serious and Organised Crime Exchange) conference.
His role at the Institute
As a guest lecturer, Mick is very keen to grow and develop the links between Derbyshire Constabulary, the University of Derby and the Institute. He will be presenting lectures on various subjects, as part of the undergraduate and postgraduate criminology courses within the College of Law, Humanities and Social Sciences.
When it comes to teaching students, Mick’s career experiences — from walking the beat when he first joined the service to becoming Chief Constable — provide an essential bridge between academic theory and on-the-ground policing, which afford invaluable insights into the challenges that policing faces in the 21st century.
When Mick first joined the service, policing was much more straightforward; today, policing is far more complex, with many more issues facing all police forces, including white collar crime, the international nature of organised crime, the exponential rise of cyber crime and online child sexual exploitation.
His experience as the National Co-ordinator on Serious and Organised Crime for the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO), provides an additional perspective on the changing nature of criminality and the response of policing today, which will also benefit students.
Mick is committed to driving up the standards of professionalism in policing, in this country and overseas, and he will play an important role in helping to develop and shape the Institute.