Staff profile

Tom Andrews

Lecturer in Policing

Tom Andrews sat next to his book 'The Greatest Policeman?'




College of Business, Law and Social Sciences





I was a serving front-line uniformed police officer for nearly 13 years, leaving at the rank of sergeant. I left to join academia in order to train and develop new student police officers, as well as allow additional time into research - especially within the area of police history which is my passion. 

Since 2021, I have been the editor of the Journal of the Police History Society which is published annually for members of the PHS. Back copies over five years old are available for free to everyone at Past Journals | PoliceHistorySociety 

I am the author of The Greatest Policeman: A Biography of Capt. Athelstan Popkess CBE, OStJ, Chief Constable of Nottingham City Police 1930 - 1959 (2020) London: Blue Lamp Books and The Sharp End: Murder, Violence and Knife Crime on Nottingham's Thin Blue Line (2022) Nottingham: Thin Blue Line Books

Teaching responsibilities

Delivering the Police Education Qualifications Framework (PEQF) to new student police officers on the Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship Programme (PCDA) for both Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Police

Research interests

Membership of professional bodies

Experience in industry

13 years as a front-line uniformed police officer, working on Emergency Response, Neighbourhoods, Pro-active 'Knife Crime Team' and Response Sergeant.

Additional interests and activities

Group Scout Leader, 1st Daybrook and Woodthorpe Scout Group

In the media

Recent publications

Andrews, T (2022) ‘Cops and clobbers’: an attempted “knock-out for politics” between inter-war Britain and Germany' Transactions of the Thoroton Society 126

Andrews, T. (2022) ‘Co-operation or unification: Is the future of police multi-agency working simply to become one agency?’, The Police Journal: Theory Practice and Principles 

Andrews, T. (2021) 'The founding of Nottingham's 'New Police' Journal of the Police History Society 35 

Andrews, T. (2013) 'Crime & Corruption in the Early Police Force' Journal of the Police History Society 27