Police Research Unit
Annual Policing Lecture:
‘The Recent Politics of the Police:
Re-Professionalisation and Regulation’
Professor Simon Holdaway (University of Sheffield)
Since 2010, when a new Tory government came to power, significant changes have been introduced to create new and to strengthen established organisations charged with the regulation of the police in England and Wales. In this lecture, Prof Simon Holdaway will describe and analyse the context within which these developments occurred, paying particular attention to the re-professionalisation of the police. A hybrid structure of police regulation has been created, its component parts at a distance from the Home Office control. The consequences of this important development will be considered, raising questions about the authority of PCCs, HMIC, the IPCC and the College of Policing.
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5.30pm Registration and Refreshments
7.00pm Refreshments and Networking
PROF SIMON HOLDAWAY
Simon Holdaway, Professor Emeritus of Criminology and Sociology at the University of Sheffield and part-time Professor of Criminology, NTU, School of Social Sciences, left school aged 16 with minimal qualifications. He joined the Metropolitan Police Cadet Force and served subsequently as a constable and, then, sergeant, for eleven years. During his service he was seconded to Lancaster University for undergraduate study, returning to his force with a first class honours degree, promotion to Sergeant and registration as a part-time PhD student at LSE.
Simon’s doctorate was the first ever covert, empirical study of policing in the UK. He documented uniquely what has become a ‘common-sense term’ within policing – police culture – and, rather differently, a concept fundamental to academic research about the police.
In 1975 Simon was appointed Lecturer in Sociology at Sheffield University and subsequently became Professor of Criminology and Sociology and moved to Sheffield’s School of Law as Director of its world-renown Centre for Criminological Studies. In 2004 he was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. During his last years at Sheffield he was Head of the School of Law.
Apart from his research about police culture he has also written books and many academic papers about aspects of race relations within constabularies. His work has informed national policies; public inquires into policing; key industrial tribunal cases involving minority ethnic officers; the work of Black Police Associations across the UK; and police forces in Europe and North American.