Mark Flint-Freel

Mark Flint Freel

Position: Lecturer in Criminology

College: College of Business, Law and Social Sciences

Department: Criminology

Subject area: Criminology, Policing

Research Centre: International Policing & Justice Institute

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I have responsibility for the delivery and assessment of applied Policing study courses, including the Certiifcate in Knowledge of Policing through the College of Policing.

My responsibilites include continual liaison with The College of Policing, updating the Univeristy of Derby Approved Provider status.

I manage and deliver the Foundation in Policing, a University of Derby accredited qualfication, written by myself and delivered to Police Cadets from Nottingham Police and Derbyshire Constabulary.

My expertise is in the recruitment and training of both regular and Special Constables. 

Teaching responsibilities

  • Policing Pathway courses
  • Applied Policing Studies
  • Certifcate in Knowledge of Policing
  • Expert Evidence
  • Foundation in Policing
  • Police Cadet Training
  • Module leader for Royal Malaysian Police Training Modules (RMP)
  • Internal Moderator for RMP Programme results

Professional interests

  • Pofessionalising Investigation
  • Recrutiment and selection of Police recruits
  • Evidence Based Policing
  • Policing Training and Develoment 
  • Police Cadets Training
  • Developmental training for police recruits

Research interests

  • Recuitment and selection of Police candidates
  • Recruitment and selection of Cadet candidates
  • Detecting lies and deceit in interviews.
  • Best practice in student induction programmes

Membership of professional bodies

  • FHEA Fellowship of the Higher education academy (from June 2016) 
  • SEBP Society of Evidence Based Policing


  • MSc Criminal Investigation (From June 2016)
  • PG Cert Ed (From June 2016)

Recent conferences

  • SEBP Manchester 2015

Additional interests and activities

  • Mountain Biking
  • Weight training
  • Cooking and baking.

Experience in industry

  • 30 years as serving police officer, intially in the Metropolitan Police as both firearms and Close Protection officer
  • Head of Special Constables training in Derbyshire Police, Physical Training Instructor, class 1 advnced driver, CPO. CTCPO and CPDA.

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