Sacha Smith


School of Justice, Security and Sustainability

In June 2020, I joined the Institute of Policing at Staffordshire University as a Lecturer in Policing. Responsibilities include planning, delivering, assessing and reviewing materials on the Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA), and the Degree Holder Entry Programme (DHEP) across the four policing regions. I am the current Module Leader for the PCDA Year 1 Professional Development with Personal Development Planning, which provides student officers with the necessary academic skills to succeed at university, having previously held the same responsibility for the Year 2 Policing Practice module. I am passionate about the student experience, and the PCDA module enables me to support students through their first six months of the degree programme to set them up for success, through utilising my own educational and policing experiences, my prior role as a university Academic Coach, and knowledge gained through an MA in Professional Practice and Lifelong Education.

My areas of expertise are victimology, offender management and evidence-based policing. I teach across a range of modules including: Policing Practice; Evidence-Based Policing; Community Policing; Response Policing; and Information and Intelligence Management. I am also a Research Supervisor for students completing their Year 3 Research Project.

On completion of my undergraduate studies, I was employed by the University of Wolverhampton on their two-year graduate scheme, lecturing in the Criminology and Policing departments. Alongside this role, I studied a postgraduate teaching qualification in the Post Compulsory Education sector and completed placements in a Foundation Education college, teaching on the BTEC Uniformed Public Services programmes at Levels 1-5.

I later moved into university Academic Coaching, where I provided 1-1 academic and pastoral support to 500 Level 3 and 4 business management and nursing students across a two-year period. Alongside this role, I completed a Master of Arts in Professional Practice and Lifelong Education, and a Level 3 Institute of Leadership and Management in Coaching and Mentoring qualification.

Alongside my studies and employment, I volunteered as a Special Constable in West Mercia Police and was later promoted to the role of Special Sergeant. Over the 5 year period, I worked in various roles and departments including the Proactive Criminal Investigation Department, Integrated Offender Management, and the Operational Policing Unit. I was also on the Rural Crime Team, a Casualty Bureau Officer, and an assessor on the Special Constable recruitment team, carrying out competency-based interviews and Assessment Centres.

Professional memberships and activities

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Society for Evidence Based Policing
  • Cambridge Centre for Evidence Based Policing
  • Research Centre for Crime, Justice and Security

Academic qualifications

  • Professional Certificate in Evidence-Based Policing Leadership
  • MA in Professional Practice and Lifelong Education – Distinction
  • Institute of Leadership and Management Level 3 in Coaching and Mentoring
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Education (Masters) Post Compulsory Education
  • BA (Hons) Criminology and Criminal Justice with Law – First Classification

Research interests

  • Evidence-based policing
  • Criminological theory
  • Victimology
  • Offender Management
  • Rural and community policing
  • Lifelong education
  • Coaching and Mentoring
UK University

StudentCrowd University Awards 2022

for Job Prospects

StudentCrowd University Awards 2022

for Student Satisfaction

Complete University Guide 2022

for Social Inclusion

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023

for Course Content

StudentCrowd University Awards 2022

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

Research Excellence Framework 2021