Commissioner Ian Stewart, Professor Lorraine Mazerolle from the University of Queensland (UQ) and Professor Lawrence Sherman from the University of Cambridge today announced the inaugural winner of the University of Cambridge Police Scholarship.
The Queensland Police Service in partnership with the Wakefield Trust, University of Cambridge, RACQ and the University of Queensland have offered Commissioned officers and Executive a unique opportunity to study contemporary policing strategies in the UK.
The scholarship will now be offered on an annual basis and will enable a senior QPS officer to undertake the Police Executive Master of Studies in Applied Criminology and Police Management at the Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge.
This prestigious two year programme is world renowned and provides study of crime and harm-reduction issues, with a strong emphasis on evidence based policy and practice. The course aims to enhance the capacity of law enforcement agencies to apply up-to-date academic research to the strategic aspects of crime and policing.
Commissioner Stewart supported the scholarship and said it would allow our senior officers to obtain world’s best education and development in contemporary law enforcement.
“To be able to send senior officers on this prestigious and world renowned course will enhance the capacity of the QPS to apply up-to-date academic research to the strategic aspects of crime and policing,” Commissioner Stewart said.
“The professional development and innovation of our officers and staff only improves our capability.”
Commissioner Stewart said that the QPS valued the close ties with the University of Cambridge, RACQ and the University of Queensland.
“Partnering with RACQ and the Universities of Cambridge and Queensland in providing this scholarship demonstrates the tremendous support by two iconic Queensland organisations that are committed to helping the QPS to stop crime and make our community safer,” Commissioner Stewart said.
The QPS is a strong proponent of evidence based policing and members had the opportunity to engage and learn from two world renowned police scholars during the Queensland Chapter of the Society of Evidence Based Policing sponsored Masterclass entitled ‘The rise in evidence-based policing: Targeting, Testing and Tracking’. Professor Lawrence Sherman, Director of the Institute of Criminology at the University of Cambridge and Professor Heather Strang an experimental criminologist also at the University of Cambridge presented with Professor Lorraine Mazerolle, Director of the Institute of Social Science Research at the University of Queensland on the ‘Triple-T’ strategy, which is a new paradigm showing great promise within police service decision making.
The inaugural winner of the RACQ/UQ University of Cambridge Police Scholarship Inspector Ian Thompson was announced during today’s Masterclass and had the opportunity to meet both Professors Sherman and Strang.
Inspector Thompson has been a Queensland Police officer for 29 years. He is a designated detective and trained police negotiator. He has worked in many areas of Queensland. His current role is as the Project Manager (Venues) for the QPS G20 group.