Police Leadership Research Series: Exploring the under­representation of female chief officers and the role of Police Community Support Officers in policing

Date and time
Tuesday, 8 February 2022
10.00 - 12.00


This event will see students on the MSc Police Leadership, Strategy and Organisation programme at the University of Derby showcase the research they have undertaken as part of their MSc studies.

What is this event about?

This event showcases students' research and the work they undertake on the MSc Police Leadership, Strategy and Organisation.

This course provides a thorough understanding of applied research and evidence-based research, enabling students to identify and develop meaningful answers to operationally complex questions within the criminal justice environment. Students get the opportunity to explore in-depth topics such as the impact of greater accountability associated with the introduction of OPCCs, the importance of community partnerships, and the cyclical crisis of confidence in police leadership.

Who is this event for?

Anyone who has an interest in Policing is welcome to attend this event.

What will I learn from attending this event?

The event aims to deliver specific knowledge exchange:



Welcome and introduction


Guest Speaker: DCC Meynell

Research theme: Critical analysis of under representation of female Chief Officers

10:50 Q&A opportunity

Guest Speaker: Neil Oldfield

Research theme: The current and future role of PCSOs in Staffordshire

11:45 Q&A opportunity
12:00 End of event

Meet the speakers

DCC Meynell

DCC Meynell

DCC Meynell joined the force in 1993. In 2015, she became Head of EMSOU Major Crime, before transferring to Northamptonshire Police to the role of Chief Superintendent, Head of Crime. She returned to Nottinghamshire Police as ACC and then transferred to Derbyshire Police on promotion to DCC in 2021.

Sergeant Neil Oldfied

Sergeant Neil Oldfield

Neil is a Sergeant in the Tactical Planning and Football Unit within Staffordshire Police. Neil has been a Sergeant for over 16 years, during which time he has worked in a range of other roles, including neighbourhood and vulnerability, which is where his passion for his research topic originates.

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"This course has been designed to have a wide professional appeal. Whilst it is, of course, relevant to police and criminal justice professionals who want to take the next step in their leadership journey, it is also relevant for people who simply have an interest in strategic leadership in a policing and criminal justice context. Showcasing their work is a great way to acknowledge the hard work undertaken by the students as well as providing an opportunity to share learning with other police staff, students and interested academics."

Dr Richard Stapleford, Programme Leader and Chief Inspector at Nottinghamshire Police

If you would like more information on this course, please visit our course page or get in touch with Richard Stapleford at r.stapleford@derby.ac.uk.