Professor Peter Waddington has spent 30 years observing and writing about the police and has advised governments throughout the world. He will present his talk, What’s wrong with Policing?, on Wednesday, 2 April 2008.
Professor Waddington is Professor of Social Policy at the University and will discuss his research, conducted during a period of controversy and turmoil for the police force.
He said: “Over the past 30 years there has been a deluge of Royal Commissions, Courts of Inquiry, Select Committee hearings, official investigations, and the unrelenting critical media scrutiny of the police in this country. In my lecture, I will look at how effective the police are in fighting crime; and ask what the public actually request the police to do for them and how the police respond. I will discuss police use of force, particularly the use of firearms and tactics of riot-control.
“What emerges is a vision of policing that challenges common preconceptions, representing a challenge also for the police and higher education.”
The talk will take place in the Millennium City Building on Wolverhampton City Campus at 6pm. For more information visit www.wlv.ac.uk/publiclecture or call the Graduate School on 01902 32 3344.
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Professor Waddington is Director of the History and Governance Research Institute at the University of Wolverhampton. He is the author of seven books and co-editor of Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice and writes a regular column in Police Review. He has lectured to police practitioners and academic audiences throughout Europe, and in North and South America, Australia and New Zealand, Middle East and South Africa.