Paul Hooks

Research Assistant and Associate Lecturer

Policing Institute for the Eastern Region (PIER)

Faculty:Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Location: Chelmsford

Areas of Expertise: Law , Policing , Leadership and management

Courses taught: Criminology, Policing and Criminal Justice

With 25 years experience as a Police Officer, Paul teaches and researches in the area of Policing. He is also continuing his own studies by taking an EdD with a focus on policing.


During his time as a police officer Paul was involved in many areas of policing including Firearms, Surveillance, Pursuit Tactical Advisor, Professional Standards Investigator, Driver Training and as a Detective in various roles.  Whilst with the police, Paul completed his LLB (Hons) at Anglia Ruskin University. Whilst on the High Potential Development Scheme, he also successfully completed PGDip in Police Leadership and Management with Warwick University.  Paul retired from the police service in 2015.

Since leaving the police, Paul has worked as an Associate Lecturer specialising in the area of policing studies. He currently works for Anglia Ruskin University as a part-time Research Assistant with PIER and also is involved with Anglia Ruskin as an Associate Lecturer on the Policing and Criminal Justice Degree. In September 2017, Paul commenced furthering his studies and is currently enrolled on an Educational Doctorate Course with his focus on policing.

Research interests

  • Policing
  • Recruitment and retention of minority groups in policing
  • The position of the 'pracademic' within higher education and policing


Current modules taught:
  • Introduction to Policing
  • History of Policing
  • Practical Policing
  • Policing and Crime Control
  • Work Based Learning


  • LLB (Hons) Law, Anglia Ruskin University
  • PG Dip in Police Leadership and Management, Warwick Business School, Warwick University

Media experience

Providing interviews and supporting topic related programmes on local and national radio when in the police service.