BSC Policing Network Annual Prize
This award acknowledges and celebrates excellence in policing research and scholarship by members of the BSC. In particular, the panel will look for the advancement of policing studies, either through innovations in theory, methodology or the application of research in a sole-authored journal article.
2021 – The network will not be making any award this year
2020 – not awarded due to the COVID-19 outbreak
2017 Prize Winners
Sole authored paper
Wood, D. (2016) The importance of liberal values within policing: police and crime commissioners, police independence and the spectre of illiberal democracy, Policing and Society, 26(2), 148-164.
Review: Wood’s paper is an excellent piece of scholarship, bringing important insight into conceptual challenges relating to the democratic governance and accountability of police in 21st century. It draws upon a wide-range of police history, political theory and similar literature to explore the tensions between developing a liberal model of policing and one that is democratic.
Joint authored paper
Murray, K. and Harkin, D. (2017) ‘Policing in Cool and Hot Climates: Legitimacy, Power and the Rise and Fall of Mass Stop and Search in Scotland’, as published in the British Journal of Criminology, 57 (4), 885-905. (online in 2016)
Review: What is perhaps most impressive about this paper is the way the research interests of the two authors are combined to produce a highly valuable contribution to way we think about legitimacy in the context of policing; with particular reference to (a) how legitimacy is reproduced within particular political climates and (b) the extent to which it can provide a cloak to hide problematic police practice.
2016 – Prof Tim Newburn, LSE.
‘Reflections on why riots do not happen’, Theoretical Criminology, 20(2): 125-144.
2015 – Genevieve Lennon for her article ‘Precautionary Tales: Suspicionless Counter-terrorism stop and search’ Criminology and Criminal Justice 15(1).
2015 – Ben Bradford and Paul Quinton for their article: ‘Self-legitimacy, Police Culture and Support for Democratic Policing in an English Constabulary’ British Journal of Criminology 54 (1023-1046).