Scottish International Policing

Conference 2017:

Policing and Professionalisation:

opportunities and challenges

Thursday 14 December 2017

The John McIntyre Centre, Pollock Halls, University of Edinburgh, Scotland

The Scottish Institute for Policing Research (SIPR) is organising the Scottish International Policing Conference on 14 December, building on the success of the previous International Policing Conferences.

Supported by the James Smart Memorial Trust and the Scottish Government, the theme of this year's conference is Police Professionalisation and Leadership, with contributions from the Cabinet Secretary for Justice, Michael Matheson, MSP, the Chair of the Scottish Police Authority, Susan Deacon, the Deputy Chief Constable, Iain Livingstone, and Dr Victoria Herrington, Australian Institute of Police Management.

        The need to 'professionalise' the
        police service in order to face
        multiple demands has never been
        more critical


Police Services globally are currently facing a complex set of challenges with declining resources and a changing environment. In order to deal with this shifting terrain, a strong and competent workforce is required. This has been recognised by police forces across the UK and elsewhere including Australia, Canada, the US and also developing nations. The need to 'professionalise' the police service in order to face multiple demands has never been more critical. However the drive towards professionalisation and ensuring strong leadership remain multifaceted and there are numerous debates about the best ways in which this can be fully achieved. The aim of the SIPR conference this year is to draw attention to some of these debates.

Key themes will centre on engaging with evidence-based practice and how best to enhance knowledge and skills with people entering and remaining in the service in order to deal with the new operating environment in which they find themselves; values and ethics; and staff health and well-being.

The conference will be Chaired by Paddy Tomkins, Director of Droman Ltd and former Chief Inspector of Constabulary for Scotland.


The venue will be The John McIntyre Centre, located at Pollock Halls, University of Edinburgh.

Pollock Halls is below Arthur's Seat, close to Edinburgh's historic Old Town, and readily accessible from Waverley train station and Edinburgh International Airport. See:

Edinburgh University can provide reasonably priced accommodation for visitors, and these can be booked through their website link:


Thanks to generous sponsorship from the James Smart Memorial Trust, the Scottish Government and SIPR, there will be no charge for participants. Places are limited to 180 and must be reserved (see below).


The Programme will include:


Spaces are limited to 180 delegates and must be booked by 4th December

PhD students are welcome to attend but due to constraints of numbers, we are unable to accept bookings from undergraduate and MSc students




For further details, please contact Tim Heilbronn (

This Conference is being organised by the Scottish Institute for Policing Research in partnership with:

The Scottish Government

The John McIntyre Centre

The John McIntyre Centre, Pollock Halls

The James Smart Memorial Lecturer: Dr Victoria Herrington

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Dr Victoria Herrington is Director of Research and Learning at the Australian Institute of Police Management, a role she has held since 2011, prior to which she was Adjunct Professor at Western Sydney University. She is an applied criminologist, working at the intersect between the academic and public safety practitioner worlds. She is committed to supporting excellence in professional practice, and believes that academic insights from across a range of disciplines have much to offer those working in public safety. Her particular areas of interest include leadership and management, leader and leadership development, organisational justice, strategic policing partnerships, and the policing of vulnerable groups

Academically she has experience working with both qualitative and quantitative research designs, interactive evaluation methodologies and participatory action research with law enforcement agencies in both Australia and the UK, as well as experience in working with criminal justice agencies - from both the inside and outside - to produce practically relevant academically rigorous research outputs for a range of audiences. Outside of academia, Victoria started her career as a crime analyst with the Metropolitan Police Service.