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) organised 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 the 2017 conference was 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.

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 was to draw attention to some of these debates.

Key themes centred 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 was Chaired by Paddy Tomkins, Director of Droman Ltd and former Chief Inspector of Constabulary for Scotland.


Download the Printed Programme

The audience

Plenary Session

Chair: Paddy Tomkins QPM, Droman Ltd

09.30  Chair's Welcome
09.40  Michael Matheson MSP Cabinet Secretary for Justice

Cabinet Secretary Michael Matheson

Full speech (12 minutes)


09.50  Susan Deacon Chair, Scottish Police Authority

Chair, SPA, Susan Deacon

Full speech (13 minutes)


10.00  DCC Iain Livingstone QPM Deputy Chief Constable, Police Scotland

DCC Iain Livingstone

Full speech (13 minutes)


          Introduction to the 45th James Smart Memorial Lecture and welcome to
          the speaker

10.10  The 45th James Smart Memorial Lecture Dr Victoria Herrington
          The success of failure: can we really build learning organisations in policing?

Victoria Herrington

Full speech - YouTube Video (39 minutes)

Full speech - TRANSCRIPT

Please also see the Australian Institute of Police Management.


10.50  Questions and Discussion
          Vote of thanks by Professor Nicholas Fyfe

11.15  Tea / Coffee and Displays

Workshops I

11.45 - 13.15  Participants chose from the following selection of Workshops

Police and Higher Education: prospects and challenges I

VENUE : Pentland West
Chair: Dr Steve Tong (Director, Canterbury Policing Research Centre)
  • Emma Williams (Deputy Director, Canterbury Policing Research Centre)
              PowerPoint Presentation [1.31 Mb]
              Podcast [20 minutes, 9.32 Mb]

  • Dr Denise Martin (UWS) and Dr Andrew Wooff (Edinburgh Napier University)
              PowerPoint Presentation [5.0 Mb]
              Podcast [20 minutes, 9.48 Mb]

  • Professor Mike Rowe (Northumbria University)
              Podcast [21 minutes, 9.95 Mb]

  • Discussion
              Podcast [25 minutes, 11.82 Mb]

Values and Ethics

VENUE : Pentland East
Chair: Richard Whetton (Police Scotland)
  • Supt. Richie Adams (Police Scotland)
              Podcast (27 minutes, 12.67Mb]

  • Supt. Andrew Freeburn (Police Service of Northern Ireland)
              PowerPoint Presentation [41.67 Mb]
              Podcast [28 minutes, 13.17 Mb]

  • Professor Jonathan Jacobs (Director, Institute for Criminal Justice Ethics, John Jay College)
              Podcast [10 minutes, 4.94 Mb]

  • Discussion
              Podcast [20 minutes, 9.37 Mb]

Staff Health and Well-being

VENUE : Prestonfield
Chair: Inga Heyman (Edinburgh Napier University)
  • Dr Nicola Marchant (SPA Board Member) and policing representatives
              PowerPoint Presentation [259 Kb]
              Podcast [43 minutes, 20.14 Mb]

  • Dr Ian Hesketh (College of Policing) Research into practice, Oscar Kilo and the Blue Light Wellbeing Framework
              PowerPoint Presentation [33.70 Mb]
              Podcast [41 minutes, 19.53 Mb]

13.15  Buffet Lunch

Workshops II

14.00 - 15.30  Participants chose from the following selection of Workshops

Police and Higher Education: prospects and challenges II

VENUE : Pentland West
Chair: Dr Denise Martin (UWS)
This second Workshop on Police and Higher Education explored different views of what role higher education should play in the education and training of officers from initial recruits through to senior levels. The panel of discussants were:
  • Dr Steve Tong (Director, Canterbury Policing Research Centre)
  • Chief Supt. Ivor Marshall (President ASPS, Police Scotland)
  • David Hamilton (Vice Chair, Scottish Police Federation)
  • Per-Ludvik Kjendlie (Vice Chair, Head of Bachelor Stavern Campus, Norwegian Police University College)

              Podcast [1 hr, 25 minutes, 38.8 Mb]

Developing Police Practice through Evidence : success stories and barriers

VENUE : Pentland East
Chair: Dr Liz Aston (Edinburgh Napier University)
  • Stop and Search: Dr Megan O'Neill (University of Dundee) & Supt Ian Thomson (Police Scotland)
              Podcast [21 minutes, 10.08 Mb]

  • What Works: Prof Mike Hough (Institute for Criminal Policy Research, Birkbeck) & Suzette Davenport QPM (Former CC, Gloucestershire Police)
              Podcast [25 minutes, 12.07 Mb]

  • Discussants: Derek Penman (HMICS) & Dr Kath Murray (University of Edinburgh)
              Podcast [37 minutes, 17.78 Mb]

Professionalisation in a Comparative Context

VENUE : Prestonfield
Chair: Professor Nick Fyfe (SIPR)
  • Dr Georgina Sinclair (SIPR Associate / SEI CIC) Building Police Professionalism: the exchange of capacity between international and domestic policing forums
              PowerPoint Presentation [172 Kb]
              Podcast [21 minutes, 9.79 Mb]

  • Alison Smart & Inga Heyman (Edinburgh Napier University) Do we really care? Professionalisation of nursing within higher education
              PowerPoint Presentation [2.24 Mb]
              Podcast [18 minutes, 8.59 Mb]

  • Kate Hudson (Scottish Prison Service) The Professionalisation of Prison Officers Programme
              Podcast [14 minutes, 6.74 Mb]

  • Discussion
              Podcast [33 minutes, 15.51 Mb]


15.30  Reception, hosted by DCC Iain Livingstone QPM

16.30  Conference closes

The following Posters were also presented:

This Conference was 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.