Department profile

Liverpool Centre for Advanced Policing Studies

Liverpool John Moores University
2019/20 edition

About Liverpool Centre for Advanced Policing Studies

A multidisciplinary research centre

Established in 2015, the Liverpool Centre for Advanced Policing Studies (LCAPS) develops knowledge in all areas of law enforcement, policing, crime prevention and allied security professions.

The Centre has a wealth of professional, practical and academic experience. We use this experience to conduct research and provide training within the fields of policing, crime prevention and allied security professions.


The Liverpool Centre for Advanced Policing Studies brings together research-active staff from across the University. This multi-disciplinary approach means LCAPS' researchers specialise in eight distinct areas:

  • Policing Studies
  • Criminal Justice
  • Criminology
  • Forensic Computing
  • Public Health
  • Urban Affairs
  • Law
  • Cybercrime

Teaching excellence

LCAPS' interdisciplinary learning portfolio equips students and practitioners with the skills they need to respond to the complex demands of contemporary law enforcement. From a wide-ranging portfolio of undergraduate degrees, to specialist masters, a College of Policing approved degree apprenticeship and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses, LCAPS is the ideal place to take your knowledge to the next level.

Our teaching team is made up of former serving officers, including Chief Constables and senior investigators; experienced academics and serving practitioner fellows.

police line

Our postgraduate portfolio

Distance learning postgraduate

Our portfolio of Distance Learning degrees are delivered in partnership with KNect 365, a specialist provider of digital learning. LCAPS tutors write and deliver the course content, using the KNect 365 platform and support network to provide a first-class learning experience.

Our Distance learning portfolio

Security Studies
Counter-terrorism Studies
Security Management
Terrorism, policing and security
Terrorism and Security law

A diverse research agenda

The Centre’s research agenda is themed around a number of dynamic research clusters, which reflect the primary and secondary interests of our staff.

Current research activities are themed around the following research clusters:

  • Data science
  • Cyber security
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Forensic science
  • Identity, governance and ethics
  • Professional development and knowledge exchange
  • Transnational and public order policing
  • Urban intelligence and informatics
  • Victimology and criminal investigation
police woman

Our research clusters enable us to engage in the co-creation of knowledge alongside industry stakeholders. We do this by addressing contemporary issues within policing and broader human security domains. In addition to this, our research initiatives and aspirations enable us to hit relevant Research Councils UK targets.

Housed within a former convent, our facilities are unique

Based within the John Foster Building, a former convent, alongside the School of Humanities and Social Science, we have many outstanding facilities at our disposal, including well-equipped IT Suites, a light-filled Student Common Room and dedicated postgraduate study areas. Our students can take advantage of our criminal investigation suite during their studies, providing realistic crime scene scenarios for the collection of DNA and evidence of criminal activities.

Aldham Robarts Library

At the back of the John Foster Building is the Aldham Robarts Library, which gives access to an exceptional range of materials to support the study of humanities and social science.

Former chapel

The John Foster Building was a former convent and the building’s chapel provides a particularly beautiful setting for teaching, film screenings and other gatherings.

Contact details

0151 231 5175
John Foster Building
80-98 Mount Pleasant
L3 5UZ
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