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Richard Hester

Senior Lecturer in Social Sciences

I am a Senior Lecturer in Policing in the social sciences subject area. I teach on our BSc Professional Policing and BSc Criminology courses, and am a former police officer. Chevron icon


I was a police officer with Thames Valley Police for 12 years before moving into Higher Education. I have worked in various front-line roles in policing, and have worked numerous high profile events such as the 2012 Olympics. My main role was as a football officer, working all over the country, and I have a strong interest in football hooliganism and how it is policed.


  • MSc: Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Portsmouth, 2019
  • PGCert: Learing & Teaching in Higher Education, Bucks New University, 2017

Membership of professional bodies

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

British Society of Criminology

Teaching & Research


I teach across the BSc Professional Policing and BSc Criminology course?.


Football Policing; Public Order Policing; Neighbourhood Policing; Rural Crime


More publications from Richard Hester can be found in the Research Repository.

External responsibilities

Subject for media interview

Most topics on policing, but am particularly interested in discussions concerning football hooliganism & football policing.