Semester 1 – Who are the police and what do they do?
You will start with a history of the modern police, their role and function and how they respond to public need and gain insights into roads policing and the trauma experienced by first responders.
Module PPD 401. Introduction to British policing
This module provides students with a comprehensive introduction to the profession of policing in modern Britain. It explores the structure and function of the police service, the unique position of the office of constable, and how the police secure and maintain public consent for policing to take place. It describes the role of the College of Policing and the exercise of using police powers without favour or affection, malice or ill will.
Module PPD 402. First responders
This module introduces the acute customer facing activities of response officers and the challenges faced by those at the 'sharp end' of policing. It examines the personal impact on officers of handling trauma and violence. It also explains the controversial aspects of policing the road network, both for the safety of road uses, as well as denying criminals the use of the roads.
Module PPD 403. The importance of knowledge in policing
Intelligence is the lifeblood of policing and this module will identify the key aspects of the National Intelligence Model and explain the challenges associated with the collection, analysis, dissemination and practical applications of criminal and community intelligence. The legislation on handling and storing police information is also explored using case studies.
Semester 2 – Criminology and communities
Understanding the causes of crime and applying criminological theory, you will problem-solve real policing issues by analysing criminal and community intelligence.
Module PPD 404. Getting the grease to the squeak
Problem Oriented Policing is a key tool in identifying, analysing and creatively responding to crime data and this module will deconstruct a real-life policing problem, selected by students, using the SARA model and the problem analysis triangle. Students will create a plan to address the policing problem they have identified in their local area.
Module PPD 405. Moving beyond 'the Bobby on the beat'
The challenges associated with trying to police both economically and socially deprived urban environments as well as isolated coastal and rural communities will be examined in depth. Students will delve into the hidden issues of rural deprivation, polysubstance drugs misuse and the strengths of communities when they come together, whilst acknowledging the issues associated with assumptions about the 'greater good'.
Module PPD 406. Why crimes occur and how to prevent them
Drawing on longstanding traditional criminological excellence at the University, students will explore the connection between crime and punishment with key criminological theories about why criminality occurs. With three major prisons in the county of Devon there will be opportunities to understand the impact of crime on both victims and perpetrators. It will build on the key aspects of problem-solving policing to look at innovative solutions to preventing crimes from occurring.