A Police Officer who is currently studying at Bangor University has launched a survey which aims to find out the views of the public with regards to the force’s police uniform.
Superintendent Simon Shaw, is carrying out the online survey as part of his Executive MBA studies, and is inviting members of the public to take part in the online survey to determine how people view the police and what difference different uniform styles make.
He said: “In recent years, our uniform has developed to provide operational staff with a uniform that is both practical and comfortable.
“As part of my studies, I’m hoping to find out what effect the uniform has on the public’s perception of the police, and over the coming weeks I will be carrying out both online and street surveys.”
Supt Shaw is now in his final year and this piece of work is part of his final dissertation. He will be graduating in July and will form part of the first cohort of graduates from this programme.
He added: “I’m aiming to get as much feedback as I can and at the end, the research will be shared with the Force.”
Supt Shaw was awarded a joint scholarship by the Bangor University and North Wales Police to study for his Executive MBA. He said: “I was lucky enough to be offered 50% funding for my course after I entered a competition in the Daily Post. The other 50% was then paid by the Force so it all worked out really well.”
About studying in Bangor, he said: “It was difficult combining studying and working and it has involved quite a few late nights but I always enjoyed going on campus, away from the pressures of my day job. There is a really nice atmosphere on campus and that is certainly something that I will miss."
About the course, he said: “I am very fourtunate in that I am in a position where I manage my own diary so I could fit my working week around my studies. Also, as the course was run in the evenings and weekends mostly it was easier."
Simon’s supervisor, Dr Marwan Khammash, said: “Simon has been very proactive in this project. He is applying practice to academic theory. I understand Simon has received over 1000 responses to his survey, which is an excellent result and will provide a worthwhile contribution to North Wales Police as well as enhancing his studies”