The course has direct connections with both public and private crime scene investigation sectors, who have provided guidance on both academic content and practical assessments.
The course has a close working relationship with local and national related employers, working with Hampshire and Thames Valley Constabularies, Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire, Portsmouth Adult Social Care, Portsmouth Drug addiction charity, National Crime Agency, Sustainable Criminal Justice Solutions, New Jersey State Police, and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire – where several students on the criminology undergraduate and postgraduate programmes have secured placements or employment.
Many of the lecturing team attend and speak at the British or European Criminology Society Conference, National NSPCC Safeguarding Conference, Solent University Annual Safeguarding Conference, New Jersey Leadership Conference, International Association of Chief Officers, National Catholic Church Diocese Conference and the Mencap South Regional Conference.
In addition, all staff are research active with some publishing work that has directly contributed to the procedures of criminal justice agencies, such as the monitoring of violent and sex offenders by the police, and police interview training.
All staff members mentor students within a learning environment designed to enhance student development towards employment within their chosen sector. Field trips and guest speakers are organised within the course relevant to crime scene investigation and the wider criminal justice employment sector.