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Centre for Crime and Policing Seminar and Conference Series

The Centre for Crime and Policing Network seminar series showcases emerging cutting-edge contributions of research staff from across Northumbria University. Each session provides an opportunity for staff to present their research findings on key topics for contemporary policing and to reflect on the challenge of developing evidence based for police practice. The seminars are informal and designed to promote debate between academics and practitioners from the police and other relevant agencies.  

Now in its fourth year, the series has addressed topics including forensic science, police workforce development, the legal status of expert evidence, the policing of criminal assets, and effective responses to gendered violence. Participants include professional practitioners, academics, students and members of the public.

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If you have missed any of our previous live seminar and conferences but would still like to watch them, check out our session recordings on Vimeo




Book Launch: Crime and Power (2021)

Professor Tanya Wyatt and Professor Pam Davies in conversation with Professor Peter Francis about this important new book

This co-authored book Crime and Power exposes crimes committed by those wielding unfettered personal power, and crimes by corporations, business and states, crimes against human and non-human species and the environment. Tanya Wyatt and Pam Davies explore an increasingly complex interplay of issues that surely should be at the heart of criminological inquiry and indeed any criminology programme. This text adopts a fresh and innovative approach to exposing the crimes of the powerful, situating and understanding crimes and victimisations as it does within a framework where questions of structural and personal power in society are key.

Fourteen case studies are threaded throughout the book and this methodology is used as a teaching resource for studying and uncovering the crimes of the powerful. The first three chapters comprehensively contextualise the problems of crime and power and establish the importance of power to understanding crime and victimisation in society. The chapters within Part 1 and Part 2 of the book then explore individual and group power respectively. Each of these chapters explore a case study or case examples followed by ‘Pause for Thought’ questions. Bigger ‘Go Further’ study questions are posed at the close of these chapters challenging students to engage in their own case study research to investigate the dynamics of crime and power.

Tanya Wyatt and Pam Davies are Professors of Criminology in the Department of Social Sciences at Northumbria University.

Police Uniforms

Professor Mike Rowe

Wednesday 17th November, 5pm-6pm

Drawing on qualitative photo-elicitation interviews with police officers and staff the seminar explores the significance of police uniforms as a dimension of visible policing that has considerable significance in the self-legitimising of policework. Symbols of tradition, authority and institutions were interpreted as expressions that embody historical continuity and solidarity with the extended 'police family'. These played an important role in the emotional labour of policework and bulwarks against the risks and dangers police face. In these ways it is argued that the material culture of policing are important visible signs with communicative properties within police services, among staff and officers, as well as externally to wider public audiences. 

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Conference: Policing, race and reform: 40 years after Scarman

Wednesday 19th January, 9.30am - 1pm

More info to follow. 

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No Place for Old Men? Meeting the needs of an Ageing Male Prison Population in England and Wales

Louise Ridley

Wednesday 16th February, 5pm-6pm

This seminar on older prisoners will discuss a multi-agency initiative developed at one prison in northern England that recognised the uniqueness of older prisoners, modified regimes and changed physical environments. Recent years have witnessed significant increase in numbers of older men imprisoned in England and Wales; a phenomenon experienced across the western world. Those aged fifty and over represent the fastest-growing demographic group in prison in England and Wales. The seminar will explore explanations and implications of this increase and the characteristics, needs, and lived experiences of this population, before critically reflecting on current policy and practice responses; and how responses highlight definitional and policy ambiguities around older prisoners.

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How far has multi-agency policing travelled in 30 years? 

Pam Davies

Wednesday 16th March, 5pm-6pm

It is over 30 years since the publication of the Morgan Report (1991) which apparently signalled a key shift towards community safety. The focus of this talk is on one of the most stable and enduring features of this shift: multi-agency policing. As we move into the fourth decade of multi-agency policing, it is timely for us to reflect on progress and prospects. Drawing on a range of research projects on inter-personal violence and domestic abuse, and decades of activism to reduce violence against women and girls, this talk will consider important questions about our faith in multi-agency approaches to reducing domestic abuse, protecting and supporting survivors, responsibilising perpetrators and effecting long term cultural change in tolerating violence in society. 

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Trust relationships in Forensic Genetics

Matthias Wienroth

Wednesday 20th April, 5pm-6pm

The deployment of science in support of criminal justice objectives is subject to particular trust relationships. On the example of forensic genetics, I will discuss some features of criminal justice that treat trust as a local and fragile achievement, subject to constant and rigorous testing. This restlessness about the fragility of the achievement of trust is a constitutive and distinctive feature of criminal justice uses of science. In the talk I will explore some of the instances of (mis)trust together with the types of people who are invoked as part of three trust relationships – epistemic, operational and courtroom credibility – in order to explore the role of trust in organising technolegal worlds around the use of genetics in the criminal justice system. 

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Taming the Goliath: How to begin researching over a million pieces of information 

Danna-Mechelle Lewis

Wednesday 18th May, 11am-12pm

We were a small team, however, the task we had was a big one. With over one million pieces of information to review, spanning over 30 years, five police investigations and Daniel Morgan’s inquest; we had to determine how to organise, review, analyse, and present all this information. As one of the senior researcher’s working on the Daniel Morgan Independent Panel, this was one of the most interesting challenges I’ve faced in my career to date. 

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