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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 (15)

Books (3)

  • Cockcroft T (2020) Police Occupational Culture: Research and Practice. Bristol: Policy Press.
  • Cockcroft T (2012) Police culture: themes and concepts. Abingdon: Routledge.
  • Cockcroft TW (2009) Crime, media and fear of crime. Tipografiia.

Chapters (9)

  • Cockcroft T (In press) POLICE CULTURE(S): SOME DEFINITIONAL, METHODOLOGICAL AND ANALYTICAL CONSIDERATIONS. In: Police Occupational Culture: New Debates and Directions. : Emerald Group Publishing, pp. 1-18.
    https://doi.org/10.1016/s1521-6136(07)08003-7
  • Cockcroft T (2019) Police Culture and Police Leadership. In: Silvestri M; Ramshaw P; Mark S Police Leadership: Changing Landscapes. London: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. .
    https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-21469-2_2
  • Williams E; Cockcroft T (2018) Knowledge Wars: Professionalisation, Organisational Justice and Competing Knowledge Paradigms in British Policing. In: Huey L; Mitchell R Evidence-Based Policing: An Introduction. Bristol: Policy Press, pp. .
    View Repository Record
  • Bryant R; Cockcroft T; Tong S; Wood D (2013) The role of higher education in shaping the professionalism of policing in England and Wales: past, present and future initiatives. In: Brown JM The Future of Policing. : Routledge, pp. .
  • Cockcroft T (2010) Towards a criminological appreciation of police oral histories. In: Berliere J; Levy R 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; Mesko G; Crawford A; Lemaitre A 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: 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: Neill MO; Marks M; Singh A Police Occupational Culture: New Debates and Directions. : Elsevier, pp. 85-102.
  • Cockcroft T (1999) Oral history and the cultures of the police. In: Brookman F; Noaks L; Wincup E Qualitative Research in Criminology. : Ashgate Publishing, pp. .

Conference contributions (29)

  • Cockcroft T (2020) "Social, Organisational and Cultural Change: Contemporary Challenges for Policing" University of Akureyri, Iceland 19/02/2020.
  • Cockcroft T (2019) The Role of Cultural and Tacit Knowledge in Police Training and Education Ghent, Belgium 18/09/2019.
  • Cockcroft T (2019) The Abstract Police and Police Culture Ghent, Belgium 17/09/2019.
  • Cockcroft T (2019) Police Cybercrime Training: Strategies, Delivery and Perceptions Lincoln 03/07/2019.
  • Cockcroft TW (2018) 'The Role of Police Culture in the Police Professionalisation Agenda' Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina 29/08/2018.
  • Schreuders C; Cockcroft TW (2017) Needs Assessment of Cybercrime and Digital Evidence Leeds Beckett University 25/05/2017.
  • Cockcroft TW; Shan-A-Khuda M (2017) Assessment of Methods of Cyber Training Leeds Beckett University 25/05/2017.
  • Schreuders ZC; Smith V; Butterfield EM; Miller S; Cockcroft TW; Horvath D; Trevorrow PA; Elliott JR; Lambourne AD; Dixon MB (2017) CARI Project Showcase Event: Tackling Cyber Crime and Improving Police Response Showcase Headingley, UK .
    View Repository Record
  • Schreuders ZC; Cockcroft TW; Butterfield EM; Elliott JR; Shan-A-Khuda M (2017) Cybercrime Policing: Needs Analysis and Building a Research Culture Coventry, UK .
    View Repository Record
  • Cockcroft TW; Hallenberg K (2016) Police Officer Experiences of Higher Education: Barriers/Drivers and Organisational Responses New Orleans, Louisiana 16/11/2016.
  • Cockcroft TW (2015) Policing and the Symbolic Victim: Locating the Child Victim in the Police Working Personality Plymouth 01/06/2015.
  • Cockcroft TW (2015) Using Police Culture to Understand Barriers to Effective Investigation Huddersfield 13/05/2015.
  • Cockcroft TW (2014) Police Culture, Transformational Leadership and the Rhetoric of 'Change' Liverpool 10/07/2014.
  • Cockcroft TW (2014) Police Culture: Negotiating the Boundary between Police and Academic Contexts Oslo, Norway 05/06/2014.
  • Cockcroft TW (2013) Police Culture and Transformational Leadership: Outlining the Contours of a Troubled Relationship Canterbury 03/09/2013.
  • Cockcroft TW; Bryant R (2013) Electrical Fires: An Analysis of a UK Fire Service Data Collection Windsor 24/06/2013.
  • Cockcroft TW (2011) Crime, Congregation and Public Space: Dispersal Orders and Young People Newcastle 04/07/2011.
  • Cockcroft TW (2009) An Evaluation of the Broadstairs Dispersal Area Cardiff 08/07/2009.
  • Cockcroft T (2009) An evaluation of the Broadstairs dispersal area .
  • Cockcroft TW (2008) Thin Blue Lies? Making Sense of Police Narratives Huddersfield 09/07/2008.
  • Cockcroft T (2008) Shifting cultures: managerialism and the rise of performance .
  • Cockcroft TW (2006) Shifting Cultures: Managerialism and the Rise of Performance Ljubljana, Slovenia 24/09/2008.
  • Cockcroft TW; Beattie I (2006) Police Performance and Police Cultures Glasgow 05/07/2006.
  • Cockcroft TW; Earle R (2005) Justice-led Technology or Technology-led Justice? Future Prospects for Visual Recording of Police Interviews with Suspects Leeds 05/07/2005.
  • Cockcroft TW; Beattie I (2005) Square Pegs and Round Holes: Using Quantitative Indicators in Police Performance Leeds 06/07/2005.
  • Cockcroft TW; Earle R (2004) Lights! Camera! Inaction! The Introduction of Visual Recording in Police Interviews Leeds 14/07/2004.
  • Cockcroft TW (2002) Pre-1970s Metropolitan Police Culture and the Motivation to use Unauthorized Force 10/07/2002.
  • Cockcroft TW (1999) Cop Culture Re-assessed Liverpool 14/07/1999.
  • Cockcroft TW (1997) Police Occupational Culture between the 1930s and the 1960s Belfast 10/07/1997.

Conference proceedings (1)

  • Cockcroft TW; Bryant R (2013) Electrical Fires: An Analysis of a UK Fire Service Data Collection. In: Interflam 2013: The 13th International Fire Science and Engineering Conference Windsor . : , pp. .

Reports (9)

  • Cockcroft T; Dhingra K (2020) A Small Scale Evaluation of the Leeds Street Support Programme.
  • Cockcroft TW; Hallenberg K (2014) Police and Higher Education. Canterbury: Canterbury Christ Church University.
    View Repository Record
  • Cockcroft T (2013) An Evaluation of the CIT 2011 Programme. Canterbury Christchurch University.
    View Repository Record
  • Bryant R; Cockcroft TW; Dileone N (2011) Cybercrime Investigation - Developing and Disseminating an Accredited International Training Programme for the Future. European Commission.
  • 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.
    View Repository Record
  • 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.
    View Repository Record

Working papers (2)

  • Schreuders ZC; Cockcroft TW; Butterfield EM; Elliott JR; Soobhany AR; Shan-A-Khuda M (In press) Needs Assessment of Cybercrime and Digital Evidence in a UK Police Force
    View Repository Record
  • Cockcroft TW; Trevorrow PA; Shan-A-Khuda M; Schreuders ZC (2018) Police Cybercrime Training: Perceptions, Pedagogy and Policy
    View Repository Record
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