I served as a Naval Airman in the Royal Navy, Fleet Air Arm, until 1971. I then served as a police officer in Durham Constabulary and retired in 1999.
In 1989 I obtained a BA (Hons) in Criminal Justice at the University of Northumbria. From 1989 to 1993 I was a Bramshill Fellow with the National Police College at Bramshill and in 1993 was awarded a Ph.D. from the University of Durham. On retirement from the police service I began to teach policing studies at the School of Applied Social Sciences at Durham and have taught policing on MA and BA modules. I am presently teaching on the Policing and Police Module and Researching Crime Module. My current research interests are primarily on Security and Policing and I am undertaking ethnographic case study research on private security patrol in public places in the UK. I am also interested in historical sociology and Irish studies research at a local level.
I have been awarded the Post Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education and a Fellowship with the Higher Education Academy.
As an operational police officer with various roles and responsibilities over many years, in particular the CID, I hope to bring some of my practical knowledge and experiences to the teaching of criminology at the School of Applied Social Sciences.