NS7514: Policing Communities


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NS7514: Policing Communities

Module Title Policing Communities
Module Code NS7514
Module Tutor Andrew Stafford
School School of Natural and Social Sciences
CAT Points 15
Level of Study 7
Brief Description

This module provides students with the opportunity to explore and debate some of the key issues in policing. In particular, it examines the ways in which communities, crime and policing are changing, encourages students to reflect critically upon various instances of police/public contact and associated issues, and explores the role of the police and the public in effective policing and crime reduction.

Indicative Syllabus

The module covers key issues in modern day policing, such as:

• The changing nature of communities and crime;

• Occurrences of public/police contact, such as police use of stop and search, how the public report crime, and police use of force;

• Effective community policing, partnership working and the public’s role within this;

• Policing and procedural justice;

• ‘What Works’ in policing and crime reduction;

• Prioritisation in policing and the use of targets and evidence;

• The future of policing – austerity, technology and crime.

Learning Outcomes

A student passing this module should be able to:

  1. Critically assess the ways in which the changing nature of communities, crime and policy and practice frameworks are impacting upon policing;
  2. Demonstrate an advanced understanding of the ways in which contact between the public and the police can impact upon confidence and trust in the police and perceptions of police legitimacy;
  3. Engage with current debates on initiatives for crime reduction and community engagement, and examine and evaluate such initiatives using an evidence-based approach.
Learning and Teaching Activities Scheduled Contact Hours: 24
Independent Learning Hours: 126
Assessment (For further details see the Module Guide) 001: 100% Coursework: Individual, standard written: 4000 words or equivalent
Special Assessment Requirements None
Indicative Resources The current reading list can be found in the Module Guide, which your lecturer should make available via Moodle.

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