Barrie Sheldon

P/T Lecturer (Hrly) - Inst Of Policing

School of Justice, Security and Sustainability

My working career started back in 1972 when I joined Staffordshire Police as a police cadet and then went on to spend a further 30-years with the force, finishing as a Senior Investigation Officer (SIO) in 2004. During that time I was able to make some significant contributions to policing and investigations as an SIO, the force Family Liaison Officer, and HOLMES2 (Major Investigation Management System) manager. I was given the opportunity to help shape policing strategy and governance in several key posts, including policy officer for major crime, police trainer, Force Training manager, and Human Resource manager for the crime support division.

Upon leaving Staffordshire Police in 2006 I was employed as a Senior Lecturer in Policing by Teesside University where I was able to assist in developing an engaging and supportive learning environment to teach the advanced stages (Levels 5, 6, and 7) of the University’s Foundation degree in ‘Professional Policing’ to West Mercia Police student police officers and, the diploma of ‘Professional Growth’ for newly recruited Special Constables. I was required to provide teaching, coaching, and support to ‘Masters’ international students. I have designed comprehensive course programmes spanning policing, terrorism, the criminal justice system, criminology, local policing, and the history of police. Whilst with the University I was given the opportunity of travelling to Rwanda, Africa on a number of occasions where I designed and delivered an introductory course on major crime investigation, and taught students at the Police Academy in Muzanse studying Criminology and Forensics.

In 2012 I was appointed the Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner (DPCC) for West Mercia Police. My role included the protection of and strengthening of front-line and neighbourhood policing; enhancing victim services, and developing policing partnerships throughout the region. I was involved in spearheading operational, fiscal, and outreach strategies to increase policing quality and effectiveness while operating under considerable budget constraints.

Following my tenure as DPCC for West Mercia Police in 2016, I went to work with West Midlands Police as a Police Staff Investigator based in Bournville Lane, Birmingham. I worked in a newly formed case-builders unit designed to reduce the demand placed on operational police officers involved in all aspects of policing domestic abuse. I was part of a small team dealing with a challenging workload that included, building electronic files, to meet national standards and criminal justice deadlines. The role includes liaison with victims, the taking of statements, and collection and preparation of evidence.

During 2016 I also undertook a voluntary position with the Ministry of Justice based at HMP Stoke Heath, Shropshire. The role was about monitoring the prison regime to ensure that prisoners are treated with respect and dignity, and are gainfully employed whilst detained. It provided me with unfettered access to prison and inmates, attending meetings, prisoner reviews, dealing with complaints, and writing an annual report for the Minister.

I have considerable policing experience (47-years at time of writing) and became a member of the Institute of Policing in February 2019. As a Lecturer in Policing, I work with police recruits from our partner police forces i.e. Staffordshire Police; Warwickshire Police; West Mercia Police; and West Midlands Police. I currently lead on the ‘Understanding Policing’ module for police recruits joining with a degree and undertaking a professional diploma in policing.

Academic qualifications

  • Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Law, University of Wolverhampton, 1984
  • Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE), University of Wolverhampton, 2001
  • Certificate in Terrorism, University of St. Andrews, 2008


“Refusal to Respond to Request for Further Information”, R v Commissioner of the Police for the Metropolis Journal of Criminal Law: Volume 73 Number 5 (October 2009).

Policing and Criminal Justice, part of Learning Matters policing series, co-author with Christopher Blake and Peter Williams, April 2010.

Policing and Technology, part of Learning Matters policing series, co-author with Paul Wright, May 2010.

“The Investigation Evolves” a chapter of Working with the Police, part of Learning Matters policing series, June 2011, pages 67-90.

Camera surveillance within the UK: enhancing public safety or a social threat?” Journal of International Review of Law - Computers and Technology: Volume 25 Number 3 (October 2011), pages 193-203.

Policing and Terrorism, part of Learning Matters policing series, co-author with Christopher Blake, Peter Williams, and Rachael Strzelecki, January 2012.

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