Working with classified police data
We have very close links with Lancashire Constabulary. This means that Criminology students get the opportunity to work alongside the police in an exciting and unique third year module, 'Criminal Justice Research'. Students work with classified police data from their intelligence and information systems. They work on topics that align with the police’s priorities and students produce findings that have an impact on police practice. The module involves students developing much sought after quantitative and data analysis skills. Students who have completed this course have worked on understanding the criminal careers of offenders involved in the use of firearms, and how the police go about the process of assessing risk in cases of domestic abuse.
Data is everywhere. It is gathered and used by all manner of organisations and businesses within the field of criminal justice and outside of it, in the public and the private sector. The potential of data and its analysis is huge and as such there is an increasing demand in the workplace for skills that allow effective understanding of data and what it can tell us about the phenomena it is measuring. Therefore this module provides students with vital skills that will help not just in the process of getting work upon graduation but also skills that will be valuable throughout their career.