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Dr Tom Cockcroft


About Dr Tom Cockcroft

Dr Tom Cockcroft is Reader in Criminology at Leeds Beckett University.

An authority on police culture, Tom's most recent work has seen him explore the challenges for police organisations of developing effective cybercrime training; the impact of police dispersal powers on young people; the challenges of applying transformational leadership models to police contexts; the experiences of police officers studying on Higher Education programmes; the relationship between police culture and the police professionalisation agenda and the impact of new knowledge paradigms in policing. In addition to this, he has recently worked on a major College of Policing/HEFCE funded piece of research, with West Yorkshire Police entitled 'An Evidence-Based Approach to Fighting Cyber Crime from the Frontline: Improving the Effectiveness and Efficiency of Investigating Cyber Enabled Crime'. He has a track record of successful engagement and completion of contracts with a host of police and criminal justice organisations both in UK and international contexts (including West Yorkshire Police, Europol, the Home Office and the Bundeskriminalamt [the German Federal Police]). He is the author of Police Culture: Themes and Concepts (Routledge) and his second sole authored book, Police Culture: Research and Practice, will be published by Policy Press in 2020. He sits on the editorial boards of Cogent Social Sciences (Taylor and Francis), Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice (Oxford University Press) and Journal of Criminological Research, Policy and Practice (Emerald). In 2019 he became Series Editor for a major new series of books - Routledge Advances in Police Practice and Knowledge.

Current Teaching

  • Being A Criminologist
  • Policing and Social Control
  • Dissertation (Undergraduate and Postgraduate)
  • PhD Supervision

Research Interests

At present, Tom is conducting research into police interventions with street users (with Dr Katie Dhingra, Leeds Beckett University) and developing publications on police professionalisation with Dr Katja Hallenberg (Canterbury Christ Church University).

Selected Publications

Journal articles (7)

Books (2)

  • Cockcroft T (2012) Police culture: themes and concepts. . Abingdon: Routledge.
  • Cockcroft TW (2009) Crime, media and fear of crime. . Tipografiia.

Chapters (6)

  • Bryant R; Cockcroft T; Tong S; Wood D (2013) Police training and education: past, present and future. In: Bryant R; Cockcroft T; Tong S; Wood D The Future of Policing. : Routledge, pp. .
  • Cockcroft T (2010) Towards a criminological appreciation of police oral histories. In: Cockcroft T Le témoin, le sociologue et l'historien. : Nouveau Monde Editions, pp. .
  • Cockcroft T (2009) Late modernity, risk and the construction of fear of crime. In: Cockcroft T Crime, Media and Fear of Crime. : Tipografiia, pp. 13-16.
  • Cockcroft TW; Mesko G; Crawford A; LeMaitre A (2009) 'On Crime, Media and Fear of Crime'. In: Cockcroft TW; Mesko G; Crawford A; LeMaitre A Crime, Media and Fear of Crime. Ljubljana: Tipografija, pp. 5-11.
  • Cockcroft T (2007) Police culture(s): some definitional, methodological, contextual and analytical considerations. In: Cockcroft T Police Occupational Culture: New Debates and Directions. : Elsevier, pp. 85-102.
  • Cockcroft T (1999) Oral history and the cultures of the police. In: Cockcroft T Qualitative Research in Criminology. : Ashgate Publishing, pp. .

Conference contributions (3)

  • Cockcroft T (2009) An evaluation of the Broadstairs dispersal area . : .
  • Cockcroft T (2008) Shifting cultures: managerialism and the rise of performance . : .
  • Cockcroft T (2008) Thin blue lies? Making sense of police narratives . : .

Reports (8)

  • Cockcroft TW; Hallenberg K (2014) Police and Higher Education. . Canterbury: Canterbury Christ Church University.
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  • Cockcroft T (2013) An Evaluation of the CIT 2011 Programme. . Canterbury Christchurch University.
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  • Cockcroft TW; Bryant R (2010) An Evaluation of Shepway Community Safety Unit's 'Four Shots and a Funeral' DVD. . .
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  • Bryant R; Cockcroft T (2009) An evaluation of the Broadstairs dispersal area. . Thanet District Council.
  • Wincup E; Netten A; Oldfield M; Saunders R; Cockcroft T; Fenyo A (2006) An Evaluation of the Approved Premises Pathfinder, Final Report to the Home Office, 2006. . .
  • Newburn T; Barnard L; Cockcroft T; Earle R; Gilling L; Hayman S; Netten A; Uglow S (2004) An Evaluation of the Introduction of Visual Recording of Police Interviews with Suspects, Final Report to Home Office. . .
  • Cockcroft TW; Beattie I; Hale C; Uglow S (2004) Project Enhance: An Evaluation, Final Report to Home Office Police Standards Unit. . Home Office Police Standards Unit.
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  • Newburn T; Barnard L; Cockcroft T; Earle R; Gilling L; Hayman S; Netten A; Uglow S (2002) An Evaluation of the Introduction of Visual Recording of Police Interviews with Suspects, Interim Report for Home Office. . .
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