Staff profile

Tony Blockley

Discipline Head: Policing




College of Business, Law and Social Sciences


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



I am the Head of Policing at University of Derby, responsible for development and delivery of the policing programme at both undergraduate and postgraduate. This includes the Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship, the accredited pre-join degree, Policing and Investigations and at MSc Criminal Investigation, Police Leadership, Finacial and Digitial investigation. 

I am actively involved in research projects including doctoral research examining the evaluation of risk in domestic violence; Police education and impact of HE within the sector. Wider policing issues with regard to employability and attraction.

As a former senior police officer and Head of Crime, I have extensive operational experience, including being a nationally accredited Senior Investigator focussed on major and serious crime investigations with an extensive background in complex policing operations.

Specialties: Investigation management; Strategic thinking; Process Development; Operations and Logistics; Policy Development; People Management; Customer Relationship Building; Financial planning.

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Specific areas of teaching include undergraduate


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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.

Currently I maintain my professional connections through a number of activities, including conducting 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 within the UK and abroad.

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In the media

Subject matter expert in Homicide and Criminal Investigation

Two police officers standing in street. Two members of public stand behind a house's front gate. Credit: Ehimetalor Akhere Unuabona

Tony Blockley, Head of Policing at the University of Derby, looks at the confusion around lockdown rules and their enforcement by the police, and the dilemma this poses for officers when they encounter or respond to reports of rule breaking.

A rave crowd with green laser light

As the government introduces fines for organisers of illegal raves, Tony Blockley, Head of Policing at the University of Derby, explains why these events pose a criminal, as well as a health risk.

A person using their bank card to shop online

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

A bench in a street in the dark

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