John De-Hayes


School of Justice, Security and Sustainability

I joined Leicestershire Constabulary in 1993 as a response officer. In 1996, I moved from uniformed duties into the Criminal Investigation Department, where I investigated serious and serial crimes, including homicides, sexual assaults and fraud.

In 2002, I transferred to West Midlands Police (WMP), where I was promoted to Sergeant. I undertook a wide range of roles, including Custody, Licensing, Operations Planning and Response. As a Public Order trained supervisor, I was deployed to several large-scale policing operations, such as the London Olympics in 2012, the NATO Summit in 2014 and the Royal Wedding in 2018.

In the last five years of my service, I worked at the Midland Region Tactical Training Centre, managing and delivering training in a range of disciplines, including Public Order, Taser, Command, CBRNe and DVI. During this time, I was promoted to Inspector.

I retired from WMP in 2018 and subsequently joined the University of Derby as a lecturer on their BA(Hons) Professional Policing degree course. I taught on the PCDA programme and also co-authored the DHEP programme.

I bring a wealth of policing experience to my teaching and continue to keep abreast of developments in the field. 

Professional memberships and activities

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Member of the Society of Education and Training

Academic qualifications

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education, University of Derby
  • Academic Professional Apprenticeship, University of Derby
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Policing and Investigations, University of Essex
  • Diploma in Education and Training

Research interests

  • Policing public disorder
  • Police culture and accountability
  • Criminal investigations
  • Police education and training
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