Defining the purpose of policing is now ‘critical’, says police chief

Matt Jukes Chief Constable SWP

The Chief Constable of South Wales Police, Matt Jukes, has told an audience at the University of South Wales that defining the purpose of policing is now a critical issue.

During the University's Annual Criminology Lecture, as part of the wider Global Choices series, the Chief Constable explored the role of police culture and leadership, and the potential of both to promote or undermine police legitimacy.

Speaking to an audience of more than 270 students, staff and external guests, Chief Constable Jukes answered questions on knife crime in South Wales, dealing with vulnerable offenders and the challenges of recruiting detectives, among other issues.

He also took part in a masterclass with Criminology students and staff, where he drew on personal reflections from his policing career and discussed challenges such as terrorism threats, budget cuts and the health and wellbeing of officers.

Professor Fiona Brookman, Director of the Centre for Criminology at the University of South Wales, said: “We are delighted that the Chief Constable shared so much of time and expertise with us, and look forward to continuing our well-established relationship with South Wales Police.”

The Global Choices lecture series welcomes leading diplomats, politicians and campaigners to address some of the most complex and pressing challenges facing society today. For details of future events visit www.southwales.ac.uk/about/global-choices

 

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