Keith Floyd


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Keith graduated with a BA in Leisure and Recreational Studies from the University of Bradford in July 1984. He joined Warwickshire Constabulary the same year, transferring to Northamptonshire Police in 2005. Keith was seconded to the National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA) in 2010, returning to force shortly before retirement in 2014, on completion of a thirty-year career. Keith performed a wide range of duties. Almost half his service was as a PC and Sergeant in Roads Policing, including the Central Motorway Police Group (CMPG).

Keith received commendations for two fatal investigations, including providing exceptional support for bereaved families. Keith was a response and Control Room Inspector, Hostage Negotiator Coordinator, Pursuit Manager and Tactical Firearms Commander. He enjoyed frequent returns to frontline response policing in addition to stints in community policing and corporate development. At NPIA, and latterly the Home Office as a Chief Inspector, Keith performed the role of National Force Liaison Officer to the Identity and Access Management (IAM) team which implemented technical confidential network solutions across the UK to facilitate national police IT systems, including the Police National Database (PND). After returning to Northamptonshire in 2013, Keith resumed his academic studies by distance learning with the School of Criminology at the University of Leicester, where he received an MSc (with distinction) in Police Leadership and Management, graduating in July 2015.

Keith continued to study at Leicester after teaching on a policing BA at Coventry University College, commencing his PhD Studentship with Graduate Teaching Assistant duties in September 2015, graduating in July 2020.

PhD Research

UK policing has adopted the transformational leadership style since 2004. Since then, the policing landscape has changed considerably. New challenges such as terrorism and child sexual exploitation have emerged, set against a backdrop of austerity measures and increasing external oversight.

Keith’s PhD research considered the unique requirements of police leadership, including police culture, policing ethics and the professionalisation and wellbeing agendas. It looked towards the wider literature on leadership, particularly from the Critical Leadership Studies (CLS) movement, in an attempt to discover whether contemporary research could prove relevant in developing a new paradigm for police leadership, supplementing or replacing transformational leadership. Using a mixed methods approach, Keith’s research featured the generation of a significant new primary quantitative and qualitative dataset at both national and local level. Rather than compounding the existing body of police leadership research with a critique of leadership at chief officer level, Keith was particularly interested in developing a greater understanding of police leadership from a follower perspective. Keith’s research culminates in the development of a new model, ‘Ideal Follower Leadership’, which explores the relationship between leaders and followers in policing whilst identifying the personal and occupational factors which influence how police leadership quality might be enhanced to meet those current and future challenges.

Following a period of re-adjustment and re-evaluation due to the global pandemic, Keith continues to work for the School of Criminology as a Research Assistant for the East Midlands Violence Reduction Information Network. After a summer of cycling, golf and becoming a Grandad, Keith is now preparing to publish from his PhD in 2021.

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