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Institute of Policing

Staffordshire University’s award-winning Institute of Policing (IoP) is a UK-based centre of excellence in policing education and research which sits within Staffordshire University's School of Justice, Security and Sustainability.

Our Mission

We strive to make a significant contribution to police professional practice and research in the areas of police education and training, leadership, investigation and innovation. 

About us

  • We are a leading provider of police education within the UK.
  • We house Europe’s largest concentration of expertise in a single university.
  • We specialise in large scale provision and delivery of police education
  • We have extensive experience and direct access to our own subject matter experts
  • Many of our staff have worked in the policing profession, at every level.
  • Our approach combines high levels of practical training with research-informed academic theory
  • We provide in country delivery, but also innovative use is made of online provision. 

Our Impact

The Institute supports a range of undergraduate and postgraduate activities, offering a portfolio of police related programmes which are developing distinction for their applied and research-informed focus.

The Institute is regarded as a pathfinder within the United Kingdom for delivery of the Police Education Qualifications Framework (PEQF). 

The advancement and development of policing draws upon a multitude of academic fields and we believe that police professionalisation is a global consideration which is closely connected human rights. The Institute supports the wider policing agenda and our activities are underpinned by an absolute dedication to human rights. We view policing as a public leadership activity and the Institute is committed to developing both current and future police leaders and championing thought leadership throughout every level of the service.

The Institute team perform consultancy roles for external agencies on matters of security, counter terrorism and disaster planning.


  • We received a 'good' rating from Ofsted in 2022
  • We won 'Partnership of the Year' at the National Police Chiefs' Council's Learning and Development Awards 2022

Work with us

The Institute of Policing houses one of the largest university teams in Europe focused exclusively upon policing, comprising former police professionals, academics and subject matter experts drawn from a number of disciplines. We are actively planning further expansion in support of our growing international provision and expanding global reach. We provide a range of services including consultancy and research.

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in the UK for Quality Education

Sustainable Development Goal 4, Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2023

for Career Prospects

Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023

for Facilities

Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023

for Social Inclusion

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023

of Research Impact is ‘Outstanding’ or ‘Very Considerable’

Research Excellence Framework 2021

of Research is “Internationally Excellent” or “World Leading”

Research Excellence Framework 2021

Four Star Rating

QS Star Ratings 2021