Mr Paul Richards

Mr Paul Richards

Lecturer in Police Studies

Plymouth School of Law (Faculty of Business)


Paul is a lecturer in Police Studies within the Criminology and Criminal Justice Team in the Plymouth Law School and has been in role since September 2009. He recently managed the validation process to facilitate the University being awarded the status of Approved Provider by the College of Policing. Plymouth University is one of the few in the country who offer the Certificate in Knowledge of Policing that is recognised by police forces in England and Wales. He teaches the Criminology and Criminal Justice Studies Work Based Learning module which provides placements across the criminal justice sector. In 2014 Paul started the new Volunteering in a Police and Criminal Justice Sector Module which give Stage 2 students the chance to volunteer with the local Police Neighbourhood team and for other local agencies.


Prior to his appointment in 2009, Paul completed 30 years service in the Devon and Cornwall Police. Inspired by his passion for developing others his previous career path included managing the Induction Team at Police Headquarters and being involved in Truama Management supporting front-line colleagues.
In his role as lecturer Paul has been using his police contacts to provide volunteering and other work experience opportunites, including 'Insight Patrols' , in which students join local officers on patrol within the City Centre.

2004 Certificate in Teaching Adult Learners, City and Guilds

2004 Certificate in Education, University of Plymouth

2005 Trauma Risk Management, Team Leader course

2009 A1 NVQ Assessing, Edexcel

2009 First Class Honours BA, Education and Training, University of Plymouth

2011 Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PGCAP)

Professional membership

British Society of Criminology

Police Professional

Teaching interests

In Academic Year 2010-11 Paul is teaching:

Term 1

CCJS 3120 Police, Law and Community

Term 2 

CCJS 3120 Police, Law and Community

Paul is also the Personal Tutor for Stage 1 students

Research interests