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Dr Tom Cockcroft

About Dr Tom Cockcroft

Tom is currently Reader in Criminology and Head of Criminology at Leeds Beckett University. His research and publication interests are in the broad area of police occupational culture. His most recent work addresses the impact of new knowledge paradigms on the cultural and structural dynamics of police organisations. He is Visiting Senior Research Fellow at Canterbury Christ Church University.

Current Teaching

  • Police, Cultures and Societies
  • Dissertation (undergraduate supervision)
  • Supervision of PhD students

Research Interests

His current research, with Dr Katja Hallenberg (Canterbury Christ Church University), addresses the relationship between Higher Education and the culture and structure of police organisations. His recently published articles have addressed:

  •  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
  • The impact of new knowledge paradigms in policing


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