Curriculum vitae

Police Sergeant, West Yorkshire Police, UK



West Yorkshire Police Training and Development Centre (TDC)
Bishopgarth, Wakefield, England



Ed.D               UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS                                     Leeds, UK
2009                Education                 
                   Cognate areas: Police studies, Sociology
            Thesis: Police recruit training and community engagement:                          
            unintended consequences
            Supervisor: Professor Miriam Zukas 

PGCE             UNIVERSITY OF HUDDERSFIELD                  Huddersfield, UK
2000                Adult Education

MA                 UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS                                     Leeds, UK
1999                Political Science: Democracy Studies

BSc                 OPEN UNIVERSITY                                              UK
1997                Sociology and Politics
                        (First class honours)

Selective police career



Feb 2006 – Present                            Team Leader/trainer
                                                             WYP TDC
(Including between Nov 2010 and Aug 2011 duties as Deputy Head of Detective Training)

April 2004 – Feb 2006                       Promoted Sergeant (operational policing)
                                                            Wakefield Division
Feb 2002 – April 2004                       Secondment (National Police Training)                                                                              Research and Development

Oct 1998 -Feb 2002                           Trainer
                                                            Crime Training Faculty WYP TDC

May 1988 -1998                                 Police Officer (operational policing)


Areas of academic/research interest


Police training and education
Professions and professionalisation
Sociology of policing
Police Governance
Study of policing

Refereed publications


Heslop, R., ‘Simon Holdaway: police studies pioneer’. Invited article, under preparation for Police Practice and Research: an International Journal.

2011   Heslop, R., “Community engagement, and learning as becoming: findings from a study of British police recruit training”. Policing & Society 21 (3)

2011    Heslop, R., “Reproducing police culture in a British university: findings from an exploratory case study of police foundation degrees”. Police Practice & Research: an International Journal 12 (4).      

2011    Heslop, R., “The British police service: professionalisation or McDonaldization”.   International Journal of Police Science and Management 13 (4).


White, D & Heslop, R., “Educating, legitimising or accessorising? Alternative conceptions of professional training in UK higher education: a comparative study of teacher, nurse and police officer educators”. Accepted for publication in Police Practice &Research: an international journal

2006    Heslop, R., “‘Doing a Maslow’: Humanistic education and diversity in police training”. The Police Journal 79


Non refereed publications

2011     Heslop, R & White, D., ‘Ready to Serve’. Police Review, 4 February 2011.

2010     Heslop, R., ‘Modern professionals’. Police Review 29 October 2010.

2010     Heslop, R., ‘Learning Curve’. Police Review, 20 August 2010. 


Book chapters

Heslop, R., ‘A Conversation with Sir Norman Bettison: Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police’. Forthcoming in Trends in Policing: Interviews with Police Leaders across the Globe, Edited by Baker, B and Das, D.

Heslop, R., ‘Does the current student officer training meet the needs of professional and ethical practice?’ Forthcoming in The Handbook of Professional Standards, Edited by McVean, A.

Conference presentations

2011   Heslop, R, & White D., (presentation), A new police studies for a new professional police service: changes and challenges from a UK perspective. Paper presented at the Police Learning: Professionalisation and Partnerships Conference, University of Northampton 6-7 September 2011.

2011    White, D & Heslop, R., (presentation),  What is the attraction of nurse training as     a model for professional education? An analysis of field and habitus in the construction of curricula for nurse, teacher and police officer training. Fifth Critical Perspectives on Professional Learning Conference, University of Leeds 13 June 2011.  

2010    Heslop, R., (presentation), They didn’t treat us like professionals: a case study of police recruits trained at a university. Fourth Critical Perspectives on Professional Learning Conference, University of Leeds, 10 January 2010.

2007    Heslop, R., (presentation), Learning the wrong things. 5th International Conference on Researching Work and Learning, Cape Town, South Africa, 2 to 5 December 2007.

2007   Heslop, R., (presentation), Them and Us: emerging findings from a study of police recruits trained at university. 37th Standing Conference on University Teaching and Research (SCUTREA), 3-5 July 2007, Queens University Belfast.

2005   Heslop, R., (presentation), ‘Doing a Maslow’: humanistic education and the problem of diversity in police recruit training. 35th SCUTREA, 5-7 July 2005 (recipient of Michael Stephens award for best postgraduate research paper).



Book reviews

2011    Heslop, R., ‘Trends in policing: interviews with police leaders across the globe’ (volume three). Police Practice & Research 12 (6)

2006   ‘Achieving Your Doctorate in Education’. Reviewed in Studies in the Education of Adults 38 (2).  


Awards and honours

2012    Fulbright Police Research Scholarship (University of Cincinnati).

2011    Police Long Service and Good Conduct Medal  

2003    Bramshill Fellowship (to research British police training methodology)

2002    Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal


Professional and academic affiliations

Editor for Practitioner Liaison:  Police Practice & Research: An International Journal.

Member of Central Authority for Initial Police Learning

Ad-hoc reviewer service

International Journal or Police Science and Management

Police Practice & Research: an International Journal

Book reviewer for Oxford University Press and Taylor & Francis.


Invited presentations

2011    Heslop R, Involving Universities in Initial Police Training (and the ‘McDonaldization’ of British Policing). Presentations to Police Federation of England and Wales seminar on Police Professionalisation 23 to 25 February 2011.


Selective teaching experience

Nov 2010 - to present                                               WYP TDC  
                                                                                   Professionalising Investigations
                                                                                   Sergeants operational policing
                                                                                   Police Trainers
                                                                                   Staff welfare & Development

Oct 1998 – Feb 2002                                                 Crime Training Faculty WYP TDC
                                                                                   National CID Course
                                                                                   Investigative Interviewing


Academic masters level modules completed as partial fulfilment of Doctorate in Education

EDUC (5495) Researching Lifelong Learning
EDUC (5465) Psychology and the Education of Adults
EDUC 5495 Gender and Lifelong Learning
Directed Study: Diversity in Social and Educational Theory
SLSP (5105) Advanced Sociological Theory 
EDUC 5028 Educational Research Methods I
EDUC 5029 Educational Research Methods II
SLP 511 Qualitative Research Methods
EDUC 5485 Lifelong Learning in Changing Contexts
EDUC 5425 Lifelong Learning and the Professions

Other training and professional development relevant to teaching

2011 – Hydra Facilitators Course.

2004 – Advanced Diversity Trainers Course

2003 – Training Evaluation Skills

2001 - Multiple Choice Examination Question Writing Course

2000 - Police Trainer Develop Programme

1999 - City and Guilds Further & Higher Education Teachers Certificate

1998 – National Police Trainers Certificate


Updated February 2012



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