Research / Themes / Building capacity / Policing

This research is concerned with identifying the conditions that allow for the introduction of new perspectives and practices on the part of individual and group members of police organizations. We examine issues of culture and cultural change, and offer insights into the processes that allow police to both reflect on their established beliefs and alter their practical routines to address the challenges they face. It also studies how existing accountability and governance arrangements within police organizations may not always align with and reinforce broader strategic directions, such as the move to partnerships and networks. Through our collaborative projects with police organizations in countries such as Australia and the United States, we develop new approaches to educating and building the capacities of police officers to implement innovative policing policies and practices.

Related faculty

Jennifer Wood

Jerry Ratcliffe


Selected publications

Ratcliffe, JH. (2008) 'Knowledge management challenges in the development of intelligence-led policing', in T. Williamson (Ed) The Handbook of Knowledge-Based Policing: Current Conceptions and Future Directions (Chichester: John Wiley and Sons).

Walsh, P & Ratcliffe, JH. (2005) Strategic criminal intelligence education: A collaborative approach. Journal of the International Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysts. Volume 16, Issue 2: 152-166.

Ratcliffe, JH. (2004) Crime mapping and the training needs of law enforcement. European Journal on Criminal Policy and Research. Volume, 10 Issue 1: 65-83.

Wood, J. & Bradley, D. (in press) Embedding partnership policing: what we’ve Learned from the Nexus Policing Project’. Police Practice and Research: An International Journal.

Wood, J., Fleming, J. & Marks, M. (2008) ‘Building the capacity of police change agents: The Nexus Policing Project’, Policing and Society, Volume 18, Issue 1: 78-94.