Carl Hambleton-Ratcliffe


School of Justice, Security and Sustainability

I have recently retired from Staffordshire Police as their Head of Professional Standards and Anti-Corruption departments, having spent the majority of my career within Response Policing, Neighbourhood Policing and in the Partnerships/Safeguarding arena.

In addition, I was also an accredited Hostage/Crisis Negotiator, Tactical Firearms Commander and Silver Public Order/Public Safety Commander. I have overseen many events, for example, the V Festival, Royal/VIP visits and spontaneous environmental protests. I am proud to say that I was fully operational until my last day of service!

I have also worked on several national initiatives, the most notable being to introduce the concept of wellbeing to policing, an area in which I still have an interest.

Professional memberships and activities

Member of the Chartered Management Institute (Strategic Management and Leadership)

Academic qualifications

MSc in Police Leadership, Strategy and Organisation, University of Derby


  • Public Order and Public Safety
  • Police use of Firearms
  • Professional Standards and Anti-Corruption
  • Hate Crime 

Research interests

  • Professional Standards
  • Police Culture
  • Police Leadership
  • Organisational/Procedural Justice
  • Wellbeing


Lead for the Response, Roads and Community Policing module (Year 1)

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