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Timothy Shilston

PhD Project

I am examining the concept of ‘Democratic Policing’ in the context of International Development. My aim is to articulate a definitive model of the concept, and from that to derive a diagnostic tool for application in field International Police Development missions. When applied to a host nation the tool will act as a gap analysis, the results of which will provide practitioners with more sophisticated information on where best to target resources and other interventions.


I have just retired after 30 years police service at the rank of Chief Superintendent. In recent years I specialised in International Police Development and was seconded by the UK police service and FCO as Senior Police Adviser to the US Army in Afghanistan (1 year), Chief of Staff at the EU Police mission in Palestine (1 year) and lecturer in comparative international policing systems at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York (5 months).



Shilston, T. G. (2008), ‘One, Two, Three, What Are We Still Counting for? Police Performance Regimes, Public Perceptions of Service Delivery and the Failure of Quantitative Measurement’ Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice 2(3): 359-366

Shilston, T. G. (2010), ‘Getting it Right and Getting it Wrong: Personal Reflections on Police Development in Afghanistan,’ International Police Executive Symposium / Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces, Working Paper Series No 26: 1-17

Shilston, T. G. (2011), ‘Black Box: A Qualitative Method for Improving Public Confidence in Policing through Micro-Analysing Service Delivery,’ Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice 5(2): 125-131

Shilston, T. G. (2012), ‘Thomas Venner: Fifth Monarchist or Maverick?’ Social History 37(1): 55-64

Shilston, T. G. (2012), ‘Police Development in a Warzone, Lessons from Afghanistan’ in Taylor, S.C, Torpy, D.J. and Das, D.K. (eds) Policing Global Movement: Tourism, Migration, Human Trafficking and Terrorism, Chapter 6, pp. 91-103, Taylor and Francis

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