Annual Policing Lecture: ‘Futures of Policing: Towards a Cultural Perspective’ Prof Michael Rowe (Northumbria University)

17th Apr 2018, 11:30am - 1:30pm

Edge Hill University - Main Building

Professor Michael Rowe, Northumbria University In recent years a ‘perfect storm’ has enveloped British policing. Challenges arising from financial austerity, private sector competition, corruption scandals, and occasional incompetence have resurrected core questions about the proper role of the police service in a democratic society. While sometimes uncomfortable, these controversies reveal the inherent politics of policing. Debates relating to the nature of the power of the state over citizens and mechanisms to ‘guard the guards’ continue ancient political dialogues that inform contemporary arguments about policing in 21st century society.

This public lecture charts the development of recent arguments about the nature and status of the police. It is argued that core fundamental debates about the role of policing have received insufficient attention. When first principles have been addressed they have been couched in terms of ‘evidence-based policing’, which claims to offer scientific research-based solutions to contemporary challenges about the style and delivery of police functions. In this lecture it will argued that the symbolic position of the police cannot continue to be over-looked in these debates: the cultural, political and historical dynamics of policing need to be recognised if a truly democratic policing is to be secured.

This public lecture is organised by the Police Research Unit, Department of Law & Criminology, and supported by the Institute for Public Policy and Professional Practice. This is Edge Hill University’s third Annual Policing Lecture and takes place at Edge Hill University’s Ormskirk Campus.

Professor Michael Rowe is Professor of Criminology at Northumbria University. He has an international reputation for his research and publications in the field of policing in broad terms, but paying particular attention to policing, race and racism, police culture, and the policing of domestic violence. He has published seven books on policing, crime, race and related issues and is the (co)author of 30 articles in scholarly journals.

He is editor of the International Journal of Police Science and Management. In recent years he has been a member of the Executive of the British Society of Criminology and Vice-President of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology. Previously he was director of the Institute of Criminology at Victoria University Wellington and senior lecturer in criminology at the University of Leicester.


  • 11.30am – Registration and Refreshments
  • 12.00pm – Lecture
  • 1.30pm – Networking

The Police Research Unit was launched in 2017 and is a centre for research excellence in policing. Members of the PRU provide cutting edge independent research which aims to make evidence-based impacts on policy and practice at local, national and international levels. The PRU also provides opportunities for BA(Hons) Policing students to engage in cutting edge research.

I4P is Edge Hill University’s cross-disciplinary research and knowledge exchange initiative established in 2013. The Institute is committed to exploring the opportunities for cross sector collaboration and co-operation and to draw on the experience of practitioners as well as academic researchers to inform new ways of working and learning.

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