Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology

Virtual network for police officers doing higher degree research

In a joint initiative involving the ANZSOC Policing Thematic Group and the Tasmanian Institute of Law Enforcement Studies, Dr Ross Hendy and Dr Angela Dwyer are seeking police officers and civilians (former and current) that are engaged in higher degree research anywhere around Australia and New Zealand. We are convening regular online meetings to encourage collegiality and networking amongst students who are also police officers. We recognise doing this work can be an isolating experience and we are seeking to bring people together to share their ideas and their journey in a climate of support. Being engaged in these meetings will provide a safe forum within which:

  • To test your ideas
  • To discuss pitfalls and share successes
  • To develop reflective practice skills in a safe environment

You will also engage in informal mentorship with people that have completed higher degree research and who have some knowledge of issues that may emerge. Angela works as an academic supervisor for sworn officers in a range of higher degree projects and Ross is a former Sergeant with New Zealand Police. You don’t have to be a member of ANZSOC to be part of this, but we would always encourage you to join and be part of the conversation. If you haven’t done so already, we urge you to join up as a member of the ANZSOC Policing Thematic Group so that you can network with other policing scholars around Australia and New Zealand. 

To start with we are focused on sworn members because doing higher degree research often represents a non-traditional career move, and there are many ethical, legal, and moral dimensions of doing higher degree research that can present specific conundrums and challenges for sworn officers. We hope also that the group will help you ensure a healthy work-life balance, maintain positive relationships with your colleagues, and keep an eye on your post-study life.

If you want to be part of this online network, please email Angela on to sign up!

Dr Ross Hendy: Lecturer, Monash University; former Sergeant, New Zealand Police and Dr Angela Dwyer: Associate Professor, University of Tasmania; Deputy Director, Tasmanian Institute of Law Enforcement Studies (TILES)