Peter Neyroud

Dr Peter Neyroud


Peter Neyroud is Director of the Police Executive Programme at the Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge. The programme has both a Senior Leader Apprenticeship and a master’s in Applied Criminology and Police Management. Peter is an Associate Professor in Evidence-based policing in the Jerry Lee Centre for Experimental Criminology.

Peter Neyroud

After gaining a Modern History degree from Oriel College, Oxford in 1980, Peter joined Hampshire Police and was a police officer for more than 30 years, serving in Hampshire, West Mercia and Thames Valley, where he was the Chief Constable (2002-2007). He set up and ran the National Policing Improvement Agency (as Chief Constable and Chief Executive). In the latter role, he was responsible for national implementation of all the major programmes in UK policing, including Neighbourhood Policing, Workforce reform and new technology.

In 2010, he was commissioned by the UK Home Secretary to carry out a fundamental “Review of Police Leadership and Training” which led to the establishment of the new National “College of Policing” in 2012 and radical reform of the qualifications and training of police officers, creating the new “Police Education Qualification Framework”.

In 2011 he left the police and embarked on a part-time PhD in Criminology at Wolfson, with research focused initially on a major experiment in police diversion (Operation Turning Point) in Birmingham and then on analysis of all the published experiments in policing. He completed his PhD in 2017. In 2014 he became the Co-Chair of the Campbell Collaboration (crime and justice) and has been leading an international partnership to systematically review the evidence on what works to prevent terrorism and radicalisation. 

Recognitions & achievements

  • Member of the British and American Societies of Criminology
  • General Editor of Policing: a Journal of Policy and Practice
  • Co-Chair Campbell Collaboration (Crime and Justice)

His research interests centre on:-

Police-led diversion

Police leadership and ethics

Impact of COVID-19 pandemic on policing (He was a member of UK SAGE, advising the government on policing and compliance during the pandemic.)

Prevention of terrorism and radicalisation

Community Policing (for the UNODC)


What's on

Photo of stoneware from exhibition

Art Exhibition: Richard Batterham stoneware

23/09/2023 at 10.00

A display of works from the Bradshaw-Bubier studio pottery collection.

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Art Exhibition: 'Patterns of Renewal'

23/09/2023 at 10.00

We're delighted to be the first to exhibit new paintings by Gurpran Rau in 'Patterns of Renewal' - including a series of works inspired by nature and the woods of Cambridgeshire.

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Wolfson Howler with Vidura BR

02/10/2023 at 20.00

The Wolfson Howler is back, bringing you the best comedy Cambridge has to offer!

Illustration from Punch magazine in 1848

The Police Outrage: A Killing, a Coverup, and a Campaign for Justice in Victorian London

17/10/2023 at 17.30

One summer night in 1851, a London police officer beat a young man to death. This talk tells the story of what happened next: a struggle for truth, justice, and equality before the law.

Two graduands smiling on their graduation day

Graduation Ceremony

21/10/2023 at 09.00

Graduation ceremonies are the culmination of students’ hard work and commitment, and a moment to celebrate the completion of their Cambridge degree.