Academic team: Professor Jean Hartley, Jane Roberts (Visiting Fellow with CPRL)
Policing partners: Dorset Police and North Yorkshire Police
Status: In progress
This research examines the dynamics of senior police working with elected politicians, and the roles, relationships and skills which help police to navigate in a political context.
All public service senior leadership roles are inherently political, in the sense of having to deal with both the formal institutions and agents of the state, as well as more informally the contested nature of many public service issues and practices.
This research explores four questions: First, how do senior police officers and staff understand the roles of elected politicians? Second, how do senior police officers interact with elected politicians? Third, what skills do police officers use to navigate their relationships with politicians? And how do police acquire leadership skills to work with elected politicians?
The first phrase of the research was a literature review (Roberts and Hartley, 2022) which showed that there is a considerable literature about the legal and governance frameworks of chief constables working with police and crime commissioners but that there is relatively little about how each understands their roles or how they navigate their roles vis-à-vis each other. The second phase was 22 interviews, of which 11 were with chief constables and 11 with their counterpart police and crime commissioner. The researchers also carried out four hours of workshops with 11 aspiring senior leaders (superintendents and chief superintendents).
|Title||Outputs type||Lead academic||Year||To note|
|Police leadership at the political interface: A systematic literature review||Report||Roberts, J||2022||Available on request|
|The dynamics of police working with politicians||Conference presentation||Hartley, J||2022||Available on request|
|The dynamics of police working with politicians: Accountability, governance, roles and behaviours||Conference paper with ppt slides||Roberts, J||2022||Available on request|
|Leading at the political interface||Conference presentation||Hartley, J||2021||Available on request|
|Police leadership at the political interface||Conference presentation||Hartley, J||2021||Available on request|