module specification

SS8073 - Knowledge-Based Policing 2 (2017/18)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2017/18, but may be subject to modification
Module title Knowledge-Based Policing 2
Module level Doctoral (08)
Credit rating for module 30
School School of Social Sciences
Total study hours 300
275 hours Guided independent study
25 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 50%   Groupwork in house module
Coursework 50%   Individual assignment
Running in 2017/18
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Spring semester North - Not applicable

Module summary

This module enhances the concept of knowledge-based policing, already learnt in previous modules either Police and Society or Knowledge Based Policing I

Prior learning requirements

Completion of 1) Research Methods I and/or Research Methods II and 2)  Police and Society and/or Knowledge Based Policing I

Module aims

This module considers what knowledge means in relation to policing, security and community safety as a foundation for evidence-based policy making and its practical applications,and deals with certain interrelated fundamental crime problems


This module looks at applying knowledge to effect change. It  covers managing performance and effecting change; how to identify good practice models; identifying future trends in order to recognise when to respond proactively or reactively; identifying which tactics and techniques work and why - and when not to use them; results analysis and identifying when further work/research is required; reviews 'system failure' concept; transferability and the role for creative thinking; complexity and change in law enforcement and community safety organizations

A principal curriculum aspect of this module-and that of its counterpart Knowledge Based Policing I-is that here is a balance between police practitioners giving guest/expert lecturing input and academic expertise (see below for some of the lecturers that have inputted)

Specific police and law enforcement related specialist topics are covered, and care is taken to deal with update trends and issues in policing. These latter have included ILP, EU accessing SWIFT in atf, international police co-operation, police officers in the diplomatic arena, extradition and ‘e for i?’PACE and subsequent developments, s 42/44 s/s.

Interactive discussion and group assignment(s) by the students during the module follow each specialist guest/expert lecture input.

Consultation and feedback has been and is sought from students on the necessary balance between police practitioner input and academic input (see simple questionnaires) and it appears to date that he balance has been achieved, although the course lecturing team are not complacent and are continuously assessing the balance


Learning and teaching

Lectures and seminars and based on a collaborative process involving students' active participation. Lectures are used to provide students with a framework of information about the nature and context of research into policing, security and community safety in order to build on skills acquired during the research Methods 1 module. Where relevant, guest speakers will be invited to provide students with an overall learning strategy that is coherent, varied, stimulating, academically rigourous while remaining practically relevant.

Guest /expert speakers are practitioners deploying and transferring their police and law enforcement related knowledge. They have included,

Mr Adrian Lee, Chief Constable of Hertfordshire
Mr Bernard Hogan-Howe, former Chief Constable of Merseyside, now  HM Inspectorate of Constabulary
Andy Briers, Metropolitan Police School and Youth Liaison Officer
Ms Cressida Dick ,Deputy, Assistant Commissioner Specialist Operations Metropolitan Police
Mr Paul Swallow, former Superintendent Metropolitan Police Special Branch, now chief security executive Europe, SEC
Julian Boles, Director British Gemological Institute (precious stones)
Ms Anna Gilmour, Senior Editor (organised crime) JANES INTELLIGENCE REVIEW

Self directed learning allows students to explore substantive issues for themselves. Continued support and guidance will be offered during coursework and assessment. The learning is further developed through the required reading As withKnowledge Based Policing I, The self directed learning areas and tasks are designed,where possible,to coincide with the chosen thesis area of the student.In this way the student will be pursuing the module tasls and at the same timeadvance research on his/her chosen thesis.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module, students will be able to,

understand and assess evidence-based policy-making,
critically apply and evaluate research in the workplace/community,
take responsibility for managing diversity in order to manage difference,
apply creative and critical thinking to complex issues,
be adequately equipped  and enhanced with sufficient knowledge,
enhance knowledge of security issues which involve  national security agencies involve the private security industry sector,
have awareness of major policing problems to enhance report compiling ability, and to enable   them, including through an extended assignment, to commence, compile and complete the research necessary for the thesis of the Professional Doctorate.

Assessment strategy

Group assignment during the module
And an 8,000 word individual assignment, the supervised research of which is started during the weekend module individually and is completed during term.


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Shearer, IA (1971) Extradition in International Law Manchester University Press

Radcliffe, J H (2004), Strategic Thinking in Criminal Intelligence
Federation Press Sydney

Duyne PC VN (1996) The Phantom and Threat of Organised Crime Crime Law and Social Change 24(4) 341-377

Johnstone L (2000) Policing Britain-risk security and governance Harlow Longman

Duyne PC van.  and M van Dijck, M. (2007). Assessing organised crime: The sad state of an
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O Shea L (2010) Improving the UK’s contribution to International Policing Policing-a journal of international policy and practic evol 4 no1 2010 Oxford Journals