Vulnerability, Risk & Public Protection
Run by School of History, Law and Social Sciences
20.000 Credits or 10.000 ECTS Credits
Organiser: Ms Alison Cooke
Overall aims and purpose
One of the primary roles of the police service is the protection of the public which includes a range of assessments of risk and vulnerability. This module explores how vulnerability is defined and assessed in operational policing and, from a public protection perspective.It will include discussions around internal and external aspects of vulnerability and the assessment of risk. The module will provide students with the legal and policy framework around public protection and public order policing and will introduce students to the complexities of policing major incidents.
Police training is changing across England and Wales as a result of a comprehensive workforce transformation programme set out by the College of Policing and the National Police Chiefs’ Council. This transformation is achieved in part through the introduction of the Policing Education Qualifications Framework, which equips new police recruits with the right skills to adapt to the professional complexity of modern day policing including the changing nature of crime and demands on police services. This course introduces students to the skills required to work as a police officer and builds on the Police Foundation Degree. Students will gain knowledge and understanding of policing in a number of areas including: • The context of contemporary policing, police culture, models of policing (including community policing and evidence-based policing). • The development, role, organisation and governance of efforts to reduce and prevent crime and harm, and to ensure personal and public safety and security in different locations. • Crime prevention measures and their effectiveness. • Trends in crime and victimisation; different forms of crime and their social organisation (including organized crime; e-crime, and terrorism). • Different theoretical approaches to the study, analysis and explanation of crime, deviance and victimisation
Have a basic knowledge of key definitions, legislation and guidance associated with vulnerability, risk and public protection in the context of operational policing. Be able to provide a basic account of the strengths and weaknesses of key policing policies and procedures. Have a basic understanding of the drivers for dealing professionally and ethically with vulnerability, risk and public protection matters in the context of operational policing.
Have strong knowledge of key definitions, legislation and guidance associated with vulnerability, risk and public protection in the context of operational policing. Be able to provide a basic account of the strengths and weaknesses of key policing policies and procedures. Be able to provide an account of the strengths and weaknesses of key policing policies and procedures and national guidance that shows engagement with the extant literature. Have the ability to present and interpret the drivers for dealing professionally an dethically with vulnerability, risk and public protection matters clearly and concisely.
Have a comprehensive knowledge of key legislation and research associated with vulnerability, risk and public protection and be able to critically engage with these. Be able to provide an account of the strengths and weaknesses of key research in these areas that demonstrates engagement with the extant literature. Demonstrate the ability to present and interpret research findings critically and concisely in the context of national drivers for dealing professionally and ethically with vulnerability, risk and public protection.
Explain vulnerability in operational policing, including in public protection and public order policing
Explain the personal and external factors influencing vulnerability
Examine the role and responsibilities of the police at a major incident
Be familiar with the concept and assessment of risk
Examine how vulnerable people may respond to policing
Teaching and Learning Strategy
4 hours per week
- Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
- Numeracy - Proficiency in using numbers at appropriate levels of accuracy
- Computer Literacy - Proficiency in using a varied range of computer software
- Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
- Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
- Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
- Inter-personal - Able to question, actively listen, examine given answers and interact sensitevely with others
- Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.
- Presentation - Able to clearly present information and explanations to an audience. Through the written or oral mode of communication accurately and concisely.
- Teamwork - Able to constructively cooperate with others on a common task, and/or be part of a day-to-day working team
- Mentoring - Able to support, help, guide, inspire and/or coach others
- Caring - Showing concern for others; caring for children, people with disabilities and/or the elderly
- Argument - Able to put forward, debate and justify an opinion or a course of action, with an individual or in a wider group setting
- Self-awareness & Reflectivity - Having an awareness of your own strengths, weaknesses, aims and objectives. Able to regularly review, evaluate and reflect upon the performance of yourself and others
Subject specific skills
- The role of the police constable, its history, and changes over time
- Crime investigation processes, criminal justice, and complex crimes
- Different theoretical approaches to the study, analysis and explanation of crime, deviance, victimization and policing; relationships between crime and social change and the impact of globalization
- Relationships between crime, deviance, victimisation, policing and social divisions such as age, gender, social class, and ethnicity
- Apply different policing models and communication skills as situations require
- Recognise individuals' vulnerabilities and situations of risk (to self and others)
- Assess the merits of competing theories relevant to crime, victimisation and policing as well as other responses to crime and deviance
Courses including this module
Compulsory in courses:
- L436: BSc Professional Policing (Pre-join) year 1 (BSC/PP)