The growth in policing and investigation as an area of criminal justice work is now broader than just the police service. This course could give you the skills and knowledge you need for a future career working in organisations who engage with and in policing and investigatory activities, including but not limited to the UK and international police services, Local Councils, private and voluntary sector organisations.* This course will enable you to critically study the range of formal and informal responses to the prevention, detection and investigation of criminal and anti-social behaviours. You’ll be introduced to different ways of understanding the work of the police and other policing and investigative agencies nationally, cross-nationally and internationally, as well as comparatively with other models of policing. You’ll consider the nature and function of policing, crime prevention and investigative work within the context of social control and order, and the relationship of such work to the state and to the general public. You’ll explore theories of criminal behaviour, strategies and theories of policing, preventing and investigating crime, accountability and legitimacy, evidence-based research and crime data analysis that can inform policing and the conduct of investigations. You’ll also be encouraged to investigate key areas of particular challenge such as risk, security and terrorism, serious crime, international and borderless crime. You’ll be taught by tutors who have a wide range of research specialisms and knowledge of the issues involved in policing and investigation today. They’ll give you an insight into key contemporary debates and concerns, as well as what it’s like working in policing and investigation sectors. You’ll benefit from guest lecturers and tutors who have worked in positions such as police officers, crime analysts, crime scene investigators, fraud investigators, as well as in the office of the police crime commissioner, Local Authority and many more.They’ll use their expertise to give you practical examples of the work you could end up doing. In your second year you’ll complete a compulsory work placement. Previous criminology students have worked with the police, youth offending teams, in prisons, restorative justice organisations, CCTV units as well as in voluntary agencies supporting offenders and victims in the community. You could also have the opportunity to study abroad for a term in your second year. *This course is not accredited through the College of Policing.