Keith Floyd


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Keith graduated with a BA in Leisure and Recreational Studies from the University of Bradford in 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 range of duties. Almost half his service was in roads policing, including the Central Motorway Police Group (CMPG). Keith received commendations for two fatal investigations, including support for bereaved families. Keith was a response and control room inspector, hostage negotiator coordinator, pursuit manager and tactical firearms commander. At NPIA, and latterly the Home Office, Keith was part of a team which implemented technical solutions to facilitate national police IT systems, including the Police National Database (PND). Keith resumed his academic studies by distance learning in 2013 at the University of Leicester, where he received an MSc (with distinction) in Police Leadership and Management. Keith returned to Leicester after teaching on a policing BA at Coventry University College and commenced his PhD Studentship with Graduate Teaching Assistant duties in September 2015.

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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 external oversight. My research considers the unique requirements of police leadership; considering culture, ethics and the professionalisation agenda. I have 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 towards developing a new paradigm for police leadership, supplementing or replacing transformational leadership. Using a mixed methods approach, my research will feature the generation of new data at both national and local level. Rather than compounding the existing body of police leadership with a critique of leadership at chief officer level, I am particularly interested in understanding leadership from a follower perspective.

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