Keith Wharton


School of Justice, Security and Sustainability

Having started life as an apprentice engineer, I moved into Policing in my mid-twenties. I served with West Midlands Police and the National Crime Squad and became a specialist in pro-active paedophile investigation. During this time I gained the first intercept authority for a paedophile operation, the first 'on-line' property interference authority and went on to develop the Covert Intelligence Investigators Course at Wyboston Police College. I finished my service with the West Midlands Regional Organised Crime Unit as head of Intelligence and Prison Intelligence. Following retirement, I worked for the Ministry of Justice until I was offered a position in the Law Department of the School of Law, Policing and Forensics at Staffordshire University in May 2016.

Academic qualifications

  • 2000 LL.B (Hons) Bachelor of Laws (Birmingham)

  • 2011 LL.M Master of Laws (Staffordshire)

  • 2015 Certificate in research.

  • Currently in my 4th year of a part- time PhD.


  • Child Law

  • Crime

  • Criminology

  • Serious organised crime investigation and overt and covert investigative techniques

Research interests

Alongside my teaching practice I am engaged in PhD doctoral research with a focus on child law and pro-active partnership working in order to tackle child sexual exploitation.



Level 5/6 urban criminological concepts – criminology and crime.

Top 15 for Teaching Quality

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021

6th for Social Inclusion

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022

Midlands University of the Year

Midlands Business Awards 2020