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I obtained my PhD and MPhil in Criminology at the Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge. I held various roles throughout my career, from Lecturer to Professor at Canterbury Christ Church University (2002-2022) before Joining Kingston University in 2022. I am currently a Professor in Policing & Criminal Justice and Head of the School for Law, Social & Behavioral Sciences. I have held various academic roles, including leading research projects, directing undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD courses, founding and leading a research centre, external examination roles ranging from undergraduate to PhD (at 15 different universities) and strategic research leadership. My interest in designing academic courses focused on developing a curriculum with academic rigour, transferable skills and relevance to professions. My research interests focus on a wide range of policing issues with a particular interest in police training and education, miscarriages of justice, technological development in policing, police professionalisation, criminal investigation and international policing.
Head of School
I am currently Head of School for Law, Social & Behavioural Sciences and teach no modules. I have designed courses in policing and criminology and delivered teaching in policing, miscarriages of justice, criminal investigation and research methods.
My research interests focus on a wide range of policing issues with a particular interest in police training and education, miscarriages of justice, technological development in policing, police professionalisation, criminal investigation and international policing.
Silvestri, Marisa and Tong, Stephen (2022) Women police leaders in Europe : a tale of prejudice and patronage. European Journal of Criminology, 19(5), pp. 871-890. ISSN (print) 1477-3708
Heaton, Robert and Tong, Stephen (2022) More lesson learning, less risk aversion in England and Wales? Prospects for the police (conduct) regulations 2020. The Police Journal: Theory, Practice and Principles, 0032258X2211075. ISSN (print) 0032-258X (Epub Ahead of Print)
Tong, Stephen and Green, Tracey (2020) Police learning in the context of change and diversity. Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice, 14(2), pp. 295-299. ISSN (print) 1752-4512
Heaton, Robert, Bryant, Robin and Tong, Stephen (2019) Operational risk, omissions and liability in policing. The Police Journal: Theory, Practice and Principles, 92(2), pp. 150-166. ISSN (print) 0032-258X
Kaasik, Joosep and Tong, Stephen (2019) The Schengen evaluation mechanism : exploring the views of experts in the field of police cooperation. European Law Enforcement Research Bulletin, 18, pp. 53-69.
Wood, Dominic, Cockcroft, Tom, Tong, Stephen and Bryant, Robin (2018) The importance of context and cognitive agency in developing police knowledge. The Police Journal: Theory, Practice and Principles, 91(2), pp. 173-187. ISSN (print) 0032-258X
Heaton, Robert and Tong, Stephen (2016) Evidence-based policing : from effectiveness to cost-effectiveness. Policing, 10(1), pp. 60-70. ISSN (print) 1752-4512
Caless, Brian and Tong, Stephen (2015) Leading policing in Europe : an empirical study of police leadership. European Police Science and Research Bulletin, 12, pp. 13-17. ISSN (print) 2443-7883
Alys, L., Massey, K. and Tong, Stephen (2013) Investigative decision making : missing people and sexual offences, crossroads to an uncertain future. Journal of Investigative Psychology and Offender Profiling, 10(2), pp. 140-154. ISSN (print) 1544-4759
Silvestri, Marisa, Tong, Steve and Brown, Jennfier (2013) Gender and police leadership : time for a paradigm shift? International Journal of Police Science and Management, 15(1), pp. 61-73. ISSN (print) 1461-3557
Caless, Bryn and Tong, Stephen (2013) ‘An appropriate space’ : chief officers and police accountability. Police Practice and Research, 14(1), pp. 4-16. ISSN (print) 1561-4263
Tong, Stephen and Wood, Dominic (2011) Graduate police officers : releasing the potential for pre-employment university programmes for aspiring officers. The Police Journal, 84(1), pp. 69-74. ISSN (print) 0032-258X
Horvath, M., Tong, Stephen and Williams, E. (2011) Critical issues in rape investigation : an overview of reform in England and Wales. The Journal of Criminal Justice Research, 1(2), pp. 1-18. ISSN (print) 2160-2816
Wood, D.A. and Tong, Stephen (2009) The future of initial police training : a university perspective. International Journal of Police Science & Management, 11(3), pp. 294-305. ISSN (print) 1461-3557
Tong, Stephen (2016) Professionalising policing : seeking viable and sustainable approaches to police education and learning. In: CEPOL 2016 Research and Science Conference : Global trends in law enforcement training and education; 5-7 Oct 2016, National University of Public Service, Budapest, Hungary.
Hadfield, Amelia, Bullock, Karen, Tong, Stephen, Mallett, Ellis, Keningale, Paige and Wellings, Fennel (2022) Border trouble? Cooperation between UK and European police, judicial, port and border authorities in the post-Brexit age. (Discussion Paper) Guildford, U.K. : Centre for Britain and Europe (CBE), University of Surrey. 22 p.
Hadfield, Amelia, Tong, Stephen and Swallow, Paul (2018) Kent and Medway: delivering a brexit border: policing, security, freight and customs. (Project Report) Canterbury, U.K. : Centre for European Studies, Canterbury Christ Church University. 78 p.
Head of School Law, Social & Behaviorial Sciences