Staff profile

Katherine Hewitt

Lecturer in Policing Programme Leader BA (Hons) Policing and Investigations

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College of Business, Law and Social Sciences




One Friar Gate Square, Derby Campus



I am a Lecturer in Policing, within the College of Business, Law and Social Science at the University of Derby. I am currently the Programme Leader of the BA (Hons) Policing and Investigations. I also teach on our College of Policing accredited BA (Hons) Professional Policing degree course.

Teaching responsibilities

I am responsible for teaching the following modules:

4CJ548 - Introduction to Policing

5CJ557 - Introduction to Investigative Interviewing

6CJ509 - Reflective Work Experience

6CJ548 - Advanced Investigative Interviewing

Professional interests

Research interests

Membership of professional bodies

Fellow of the Higher Education Authority (FHEA)


Experience in industry

I studied for a BSc (Hons) at the University of Central Lancashire between 2005 and 2008. In 2008 I joined Derbyshire Constabulary and was a police officer for over eleven years. 

I spent three years as a uniform response officer working in Chesterfield. Then I spent two years as a Safer Neighbourhood Team officer. I subsequently qualified as a Detective Constable in 2014 and spent six years working within Chesterfield CID. This involved leading the investigation for a large number of serious and complex crimes.

I have been the Officer In the Case for a large number of trials at Crown Court, many of which have resulted in successful convictions. I am trained in the use of the Violent and Sex Offender Register.

I qualified as a Tier 3 suspect interviewer in 2018.

International experience

In 2007 I spent four months studying at the Police Academy of the Czech Republic in Prague.