Keith Wharton

Job Title and Responsibilities

Lecturer in Law

  • Course leader LLB(Hons) Law (Criminal Justice),

About Me

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.


  • 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.

Current Teaching


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


Keith Wharton
School of Law, Policing and Forensics
Ashley 2
Staffordshire University
Leek Road
t: +44 (0)1782 294550
t: +44 (0)1782 294550