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Conference on Policing and Public Confidence - March 29th, 2016

This 1-day event was sponsored by the British Academy and by Warwick Business School. It brought together a diverse group of researchers, policing professionals, and people from the world of policy. Each has an interest in understanding relationships between the police and the publics they serve. The programme is below. Conference contributions are below that.


  • 10.00-11.00 Opening session - Chaired by Tank Waddington: Public Confidence in the Police: Speaker 1 Marcus Beale Assistant Chief Constable West Midlands Police, Speaker 2 Bernard Rix Editor Policing Insight, CEO CoPaCC

  • 11.30-12.30 - Panel Discussion - Chaired by Jackie Hodgson: How do we measure confidence and how could we improve confidence: Speaker 1 Kevin Morrell - Confidence, Speaker 2 Ben Bradford - Legitimacy, Speaker 3 Harry Barton – Trust

  • 1.30 - Panel Discussion - Chaired by Richard Bennett: Confidence at the frontline: Speaker 1 Superintendent Bas Javid, WMP - How Confident can we be in "Confidence"; Speaker 2 Detective Inspector Ben Hart, Salford - Confidence and Threats to Life; Speaker 3 Reka Solymosi Transport Policing & Enforcement Analyst - Confidence at TfL and the challenges of a transport environment

  • 3.00 - Panel Discussion - Chaired by Rachel Ashworth: Critical perspectives on confidence - Speaker 1 Michael Rowe - Race and Racism, Speaker 2 Jane Callaghan - Children and Domestic Violence.

Opening Session - Public Confidence in the Police

How do we Measure Confidence and how could we Improve Confidence


Confidence at the Front Line


Critical Perspectives on Confidence

The conference blog was live by Ashley Potter on the following link:

Delegates included:

  • Jenna Allen, Research Director, BMG Research
  • Richard Arnott, Warwick Business School
  • Professor Rachel Ashworth, Professor in Public Services Management, University of Cardiff & BAM
  • Professor Harry Barton, Chair, British Academy of Management Public Management & Governance Special Interest Group, Professor of HRM Nottingham Trent University & BAM
  • Assistant Chief Constable Marcus Beale, West Midlands Police
  • Richard Bennett, Head of Faculty – Uniformed Policing, College of Policing
  • Dr Ben Bradford, Departmental Lecturer in Criminology in the Faculty of Law, University of Oxford Professor Jane Callaghan, Professor of Psychology, University of Northampton
  • Karen Burrows, Warwick Business School
  • Dr Jethro Butler, Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Warwick's Interdisciplinary Ethics Research Group
  • Claudia Cox, Lecturer, Institute of Criminal Justice Studies, University of Portsmouth
  • Spencer Cunningham, Warwick Business School
  • Cara Curran, Warwick Business School
  • Professor Jonathan Davies, Director of the Centre for Urban Research into Austerity, De Montfort University Leicester
  • Russ Glennon, Doctoral Researcher (public management reform), Loughborough University Business School
  • Stefanie Griffin, Warwick Business School
  • Detective Inspector Ben Hart, Greater Manchester Police
  • Professor Jacqueline Hodgson, Director, Criminal Justice Centre, School of Law, University of Warwick & Co-Director of COPR
  • Superintendent Bas Javid, West Midlands Police
  • Dr Mark Johnson, Head of the Operations Management Group, Warwick Business School
  • Dmitrijs Kravcenko, Doctoral Researcher (organization studies), Warwick Business School
  • Mike Leonard, Special Constable (for 37 years), West Midlands Police
  • Sonya Liu, Doctoral Researcher (induction, socialization and transition of police starters), Warwick Business School
  • Ash Mir, Warwick Business School
  • Professor Kevin Morrell, Warwick Business School & COPR / BAM
  • Dr Joanne Murphy, Senior Institute Fellow, Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation and Social Justice, Queen's University Belfast & BAM

  • David Page, Chair, Solihull Independent Advisory Group
  • Sharda Ramdewor, Doctoral Researcher (body worn video & stop and search powers), School of Law, University of Warwick
  • Nick Riley, Warwick Business School
  • Rachel Rogers, Former Police and Crime Commissioner Candidate
  • Bernard Rix, Editor of Policing Insight, Chief Executive of CoPaCC
  • Professor Michael Rowe, Professor of Criminology, University of Northumbria
  • Reka Solymosi Transport Policing & Enforcement Analyst, Transport for London
  • Inspector Gareth Stubbs, Organisational Development, Lancashire Constabulary
  • Dr Michael Synnott, Police Leadership Programme, Strategy and International Business Group, WBS
  • Professor Tank Waddington - Editor of Policing: A journal of policy and practice, Professor of Social Policy University of Wolverhampton
  • Dr Kimberley Wade, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology & COPR
  • Ian Wiggett, Former Assistant Chief Constable, Greater Manchester Police

BAM - the British Academy of Management Public Management & Governance Special Interest Group

COPR - University of Warwick's Centre for Operational Policing Research

Project Launch - October 9th, 2015

The launch event was a 1 day workshop hosted by COPR the University's centre for operational policing research. This featured four Guest Speakers from West Midlands Police (WMP), and contributions from Detective Chief Inspector (DCI) Tom Harding from Warwickshire and West Mercia (WWM) Police:

Chief Superintendent Mark Robinson, Lead for Public Confidence WMP, spoke about the policy context for Public Confidence. Superintendent Mark Cooper WMP introduced confidence in terms of the impact on the front line, as well as providing an historical overview of the importance of public confidence throughout the history of British policing. Superintendent Bas Javid critically reviewed the methodology used by WMP to date to study public confidence, summarising the work he had undertaken as part of a thesis at the University of Cambridge. Detective Sergeant David Hollies introduced a variety of operational considerations relating to confidence. DCI Harding offered a comparative perspective discussing issues relating to both the policy context and the front line, as well as WWM's approach to measuring confidence.

Academic faculty from COPR - across Law, Psychology, Warwick Business School, and the Warwick Manufacturing Group contributed in the course of two, 2-hour roundtable discussions and raised a number of issues relating to measurement and the theorisation of confidence.