Staff profile

Tony Blockley

Lecturer In Criminology


Criminology and Policing


College of Business, Law and Social Sciences


Criminology and Social Sciences


Kedleston Road, Derby Campus, One Friar Gate Square, Derby Campus



I am currently the UG programme leader for Criminology and teach a number of modules relating to policing and the wider criminology. I also am the module leader for several MsC modules, specifically connected with investigating serious crime and criminal investigation.

As well as the programme leader role I am actively involved with the International Policing and Justice Institute and support their programme of activities. I have developed the Gangmasters Licensing Authority (GLA) training scheme to educate the licensed sectors to identify labour exploitation and slavery.

I am actively involved in research with matters connected to domestic violence and abuse and provide guidance and support to community safety partnerships and organisations supporting victims and survivors.

My expertise is in investigation, specifically major serious and organised crime, multi-agency working and developing working practices.

Teaching responsibilities

I am the programme leader for the UG provision and teach a number of modules within the MSc Criminal Investigation.

Specific undergraduate modules include:

Specific MSc modules include:

Other teaching responsibilities

I support the policing pathways and assist in delivery for a number of subject matters relating to investigation.

Professional interests

Research interests

Membership of professional bodies


Recent conferences

Experience in industry

Over 30 years policing experience within crime investigation, I retired from the Derbyshire Constabulary as Detective Chief Superintendent, Head of Crime responsible for all crime matters and the following departments; Public protection, including domestic violence, child abuse, dangerous persons management, child sexual exploitation; Major crime (Homicide); Serious and Organised crime including financial investigation; Force Intelligence Bureau and the Forensic services.

Following retirement I worked in Northern Ireland reviewing the deaths from 'The Troubles' supporting victims families and evaluating investigations.

I currently conduct Domestic Homicide Reviews, serious Case Reviews, MAPPA reviews throughout the UK and am actively involved supporting families whose loved ones have died in questionable circumstances.

Additional interests and activities

In the media

Subject matter expert in Homicide and Criminal Investigation

Blog Posts

Tony Blockley, Head of Policing at the University of Derby gives his advice on how to shop safely online this Black Friday

For National Home Security Month, Tony Blockley at the University of Derby looks at the correlation between crime levels and the time of year.