Dean Dale

Graduated BA (Hons) Criminology and Criminal Justice - 2012

Current Profession Probation Service Officer, Greater Manchester Probation Service

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“I loved my course at Edge Hill too. I enjoyed the broadness of it, the theories and social policies, and the fact that it was so true to life.”

 Helping offenders make positive changes in their lives is what Dean Dale loves most about his job.

He works as a Probation Service Officer in Manchester – helping some of society’s most prolific offenders tackle their substance misuse-related offences and find brighter futures.

Dean graduated from Edge Hill University in 2012 with a First Class degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice. He discovered a passion for the subject during his A-levels, when his Sociology course included a module on crime and disorder.

“I could relate it to real life,” he says. “You learned about the things you saw every day on the news and I really took to it because it was so real.

“I loved my course at Edge Hill too. I enjoyed the broadness of it, the theories and social policies, and the fact that it was so true to life.”

Dean volunteered with Warrington Youth Service and the drug service in neighbouring St Helens, where he was able to put what he learned in the lecture theatre into practice.

“I saw the reasons for substance misuse and repeat offending,” he adds. “When it came to choosing my career I was torn between the enforcement, or the support side of things where I could help people come out of that world. I’d applied to be a Police Community Support Officer and been accepted, but I realised that I wanted to help and support and decided that’s the route I wanted to take.”

Dean initially worked for a substance misuse charity in Manchester, then moved to the Probation Service where he works with offenders who have specific drug-related sentences. He works with some prolific offenders, with a high risk of re-offending, who are caught up in the revolving door of prisons and probation services.

“I love the challenge and the way we, as probation officers, are able to help people come out of a world that they think they are stuck in forever. We focus on their strengths and help them move forwards with their lives. Every day you get that glimmer that maybe, though the odds are stacked against them, they can change.”

To find out more about studying this programme, please view full course information for BA (Hons) Criminology and Criminal Justice.