Andy Taylor

Lecturer in Criminology and Police Studies

School of Psychological and Social Sciences


Andy Taylor

I am a lecturer on the Police Studies programmes. I completed my undergraduate degree in Sociology and Social Policy at Durham University. I then went on to complete my Masters in Criminal Justice Studies as part of the Centre for Criminal Justice at Durham. My research has focussed on ethnography within urban working class areas. I have a specific interest in Police/Community relations, intelligence gathering and crime reduction strategies. During my 30 years as a Police Officer I spent 10 years in Kent and the last 20 years in the Sunderland area of Northumbria. I have worked in most departments including crime investigation, road policing and custody. I was part of the pilot Youth Offending Team in Sunderland and developed the Restorative Justice policy for first time offending. For the last 12 years I have been a Neighbourhood Sergeant within an ex mining community. I developed the policy for police officers based in schools and youth disorder intervention strategies. I have recently developed and delivered Crime Prevention and Personal Safety inputs to the 15 - 18 year age group as part of the National Curriculum P.S.H.E education program.

Further Information


Evidence Based Policing

Community Policing


Ethnography and Police Work

Empathy and Police Culture


Restorative Justice interventions

Professional Activities

  • Member of The Society for Evidence Based Policing.
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
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