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Dr Tom Cockcroft

Dr Tom Cockcroft
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Dr Tom Cockcroft


School Of Social Sciences

0113 81 28492 T.W.Cockcroft@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

About Dr Tom Cockcroft

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

A leading 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 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).

Current Teaching

  • Being A Criminologist
  • Policing and Social Control

Research Interests

At present, Tom is conducting research into police interventions with street users (with Dr Katie Dhingra, Leeds Beckett University), developing publications on cultural resistance amongst police officers engaging with HE (with Dr Katja Hallenberg, Canterbury Christ Church University) and writing his second sole authored book, Police Culture: Theory and Practice (Policy Press).

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