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The Met: Policing London

Across London, The Met is dealing with the pressures and dilemmas of policing a city of eight and a half million people.

About the programme

Following on from the highly successful first series, this second series follows the work of Britain’s biggest and busiest police force as they deal with life, death, crime and its victims all across the capital. Filmed over the course of the year, we witness what The Met are up against; including firearms officers taking guns off the streets, a huge party in Hyde Park boils over leading to the stabbing of a young man and a grieving family confront the Met Commissioner, angry at the death of their son.

To find out more about the programme, take a look at the programme page on the BBC website.

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Meet the experts...

Professor Louise Westmarland, Professor of Criminology
Professor Louise WestmarlandProfessor of CriminologyVIEW FULL PROFILE
Professor Louise Westmarland, Professor of Criminology
Professor Louise WestmarlandProfessor of Criminology

Professor Louise Westmarland’s research expertise is in gender and policing, police culture, domestic homicide, ethics and integrity. With colleagues at the Open University and other universities she has been the recipient of over £300,000 of research funding from the ESRC/AHRB. 

Her research on gender and policing has informed equal opportunities training and development activities in the UK and at an international level.

She has recently undertaken research with various police forces across England and Wales into integrity and corruption and has completed studies in the US which involved interviewing and shadowing homicide detectives on live investigations.

Most recently she has been invited to be the independent Chair of several Domestic Homicide Reviews which consider the processes and procedures of murder investigations.

She is Chair of the Open University’s Human research Ethics Committee. Her work on police ethics and integrity has been included in Lord Stevens’ Independent Policing Commission and mentioned by Yvette Cooper in a Parliamentary debate in response to a Statement by the Home Secretary Teresa May on Police Integrity in February 2013.

Her teaching responsibilities include the chairing of a popular criminology module at the Open University called ‘Crime and Justice’.

Mike Lucas, Associate Director of Learning, The Faculty of Business & Law
Mike LucasAssociate Director of Learning, The Faculty of Business & LawVIEW FULL PROFILE
Mike Lucas, Associate Director of Learning, The Faculty of Business & Law
Mike LucasAssociate Director of Learning, The Faculty of Business & Law

From 2015-17 Mike Lucas was Associate Director of the Open University’s Centre for Policing Research and Learning (CPRL). His main responsibilities included the development of learning materials for professional and leadership development in policing linked to the research of the Centre. He was academic lead and author on the Postgraduate Certificate in Evidence-Based Practice for Policing

Drawing on his research interests in leadership and community organization, Mike recently produced (with Prof Jean Hartley) a MOOC on public leadership, with extensive inputs from policing professionals across the UK, and collaborated with PSNI to produce an Open Learn course on problem solving for community safety.

Mike continues to work closely with members of the Open University’s Policing Consortium, which comprises senior officers and staff from 17 of the 43 UK police forces (including the Metropolitan Police). He has been involved in the development of the College of Policing’s education and qualifications framework, is currently working with CPRL on the Open University’s contribution to degree apprenticeships in policing.

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