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.In 2016 Paul started a project in collaboration with Devon and Cornwall Police to recruit staff the local Contact Management and Communications Unit from the Police Programme Students. Also in 2016 Paul took on the role of Internal Verifier for the College of Policing Certificate in Knowledge of Policing. In 2017 Paul worked with the local Citizens in Policing team from Devon and Cornwall police to recruit volunteers directly from the policing students. Paul is responsible for the logistics for the Devon and Cornwall Police Community Practical Days organising over 150 students a year for role-players to attend the assessment practice based scenarios for Student Police Officers on Campus. In 2018 Paul was made Programme Lead for the Bsc (Hons) Public Services (Policing) top up degree.


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 responsible for development and delivery of the IPLDP for new recruits  
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 and volunteering opportunities within the Plymouth Citizens in Policing Team

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) - HEA Fellow

2015 SSTAR Award (Student and Staff, Teaching and Representation Most Innovative use of Teaching Methods

Professional membership

British Society of Criminology

Police Professional

Teaching interests

In Academic Year 2017-18 Paul is Teaching: 

LAW 1000PP Ethics and Justice in the Balance (Stage 1 Police Ethics)
CCJS 2123 Volunteering in a Policing or Criminal Justice Setting
CCJS 3167 Professional Investigations: Principles and Practice (Ethics of Surveillance)
CCJS 3141 Work Based Learning 

Research interests

Other academic activities

Since 2017 designed and delivered workshops Reducing Conflict Through Communication to 125 library staff from Devon Libraries Unlimited