Les King


Associate Lecturer Criminology


Contact Details

email: l.king@worc.ac.uk

I spent a 45-year career within Police, Probation and working across the entire range of Criminal Justice organisations at a senior level. Having semi-retired in 2015 I took up the role of Associate Lecturing at the University of Worcester within the Criminology Department which I have continued until the present time. I specialise in teaching modules on Policing, Probation and Prisons but are regularly called upon to lecture across a range of subjects that are related to Criminology.

I originally joined the Police as a Cadet aged 16 years in 1970 but I remain as passionate about criminal justice and criminology as the date I commenced working. I love the work and would recommend the subject areas to either study or as a career to anyone providing you enjoy a challenging professional life!

I particularly enjoy teaching undergraduates and illustrating theoretical and academic concepts by drawing upon anecdotal experiences and relating these to practice.


BA Hons., Dip PS, Dip PR CAM, MCIPR

Teaching Interests

At the moment I primarily teach CRMN 2105 (Policing England and Wales) and CRMN 2106 (Prisons and Punishment) which are all 2nd year students (year 5).

However, I am regularly called upon to teach upon other modules across the Criminology Undergraduate curriculum as required.

In the past I have acted as a Workplace Learning Tutor for students undertaking academic work placements from the University.  I am therefore particularly interested in the translation of academic studies to within the workplace and vice versa and ensuring students build their own work skills and experience within a range of agencies in a voluntary capacity in order to assist their eventual chosen career path.

Research Interests

I have no formal areas of academic research underway at the moment.

However, I constantly have to research the subjects I teach upon, particularly Police and Probation in order to ensure that my contemporary knowledge is fully up to date with latest developments.

Membership of Professional Bodies

  • Chartered Institute of Public Relations (Full member)
  • Academy of Social Justice
  • Probation Institute
  • National Association of Retired Police Officers
  • National Association of Probation Officers

Recent Publications

In 2015 I published an Autobiography of my Policing Career across four decades entitled, ‘Cornflakes with Whisky.’ This is a light hearted but poignant ‘warts and all’ personal reflection of policing from 1970 to 2003 across the counties of Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Shropshire.

External Roles

I also act as a National Union Representative for the National Association of Probation Officers Union (NAPO).  I represent probation union members who are facing serious workplace discipline, performance capability or ill health measures. I operate on a self-employed basis across the country as required.