Police professionalisation through academic education – a comparative analysis

The aim of this project will be to explore the changing role of education within the context of police professionalisation.

Key details

Lead institution
Principal researcher(s)
Andrew Tatnell
Police region
Scotland
Collaboration and partnership

Edinburgh Napier University; Scottish Institute for Policing Research (SIPR).

Level of research
PhD
Project start date
Date due for completion

Research context

The purpose of this PhD will be to explore how academic education's role within police professionalisation has developed in different cultural, social and political contexts. In doing so, it will aim to understand how its role has been shaped by factors such as organisational culture, myths, realities, perceptions and the reconfiguration of professional work.

The study will compare and analyse the Scottish perspective of police professionalisation with that in two other European case study countries.

Research methodology

A qualitative, multiple case study approach will be used.

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