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Scottish International Policing Conference 2017

Date of event: December 14, 2017

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Event Briefing

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.


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Plenary Session

Chair: Paddy Tomkins QPM, Droman Ltd

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

Full speech (12 minutes)


09.50  Susan Deacon Chair, Scottish Police Authority

Full speech (13 minutes)


10.00  DCC Iain Livingstone QPM Deputy Chief Constable, Police Scotland

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?

Full speech – YouTube Video (39 minutes)

Full speech – TRANSCRIPT


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) &amp 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:

  • Communication between the police and the public via social media in Scotland: summary of interim findings (Liam Ralph, Edinburgh Napier University)
  • Vulnerable witnesses and the police: how to develop evidence based practice to support witnesses on the autistic spectrum (ASD) when giving evidence (Dionysia Lali, Open University)
  • The role of police officer`s professional identification in procedural justice and community policing (Ritma Kursite, Daugavpils University, Latvia / UCL)
  • Community policing: training for the future (Yvonne Hail, Edinburgh Napier University)
  • A Scottish model of the ‘resilient police officer’ (Dr Midj Falconer, RGU)
  • The Police Treatment Centres: an evaluation of the physiotherapy service (Lyndsay Alexander, RGU)
  • Vocational rehabilitation for emergency services personnel: a scoping review (Lyndsay Alexander, RGU)
  • Policing responses to cybercrime : an international evidence review (Ian Ferguson, Abertay University)
  • Looked after and accommodated children who are reported missing: evaluating the implementation of a National Partnership Agreement in Dundee (Richard Grieve, Police Scotland)
  • Transforming training through technology (Droman Solutions / Abertay University / Police Scotland)
  • Headtorch : Creating Positive Mental Health at Work (Angus Robinson and Amy McDonald, Headtorch)
  • Strategy, Insight and Innovation (Judith Northin & Neil Broadbent, Police Scotland)

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

Event Programme

Event Speaker & Guests

The James Smart Memorial Lecturer: Dr Victoria Herrington Plenary Speaker

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.

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