Michelle Clarke

Michelle Clarke

Degree in Professional Policing Course Lead, Senior Lecturer in Policing

School of Law

Contact Details

email: Michelle.clarke@worc.ac.uk

Michelle joined the University of Worcester in 2019 as a Lecturer in Policing having served 17 years with West Mercia Police in a variety of roles. She achieved the rank of Sergeant, serving predominantly as a detective within the Criminal Investigation Department and associated specialist units.

During this time, she discovered a passion for investigating the most serious and complex crimes committed against our most vulnerable members of society, specialising in domestic violence and abuse investigations, and has experience working within associated specialist investigation departments, including Major Incident Units. For the last four years of service, Michelle designed, delivered and co-ordinated the training for the College of Policing accreditation of all newly recruited detectives across West Mercia and Warwickshire police forces.

She has contributed to the promotion of best practice to support policing globally and nationally through the College of Policing and also leads on the development of University qualifications to support the National Policing Education Qualifications Framework. Michelle sits on the West Mercia Police Ethics Committee and also the University of Worcester and West Mercia Police Working Group; securing and strengthening collaborative and community partnership opportunities for both institutions and students alike.

As a police trainer, Michelle became known for her sense of fun, engaging seminar methods and ‘contagious’ passion for policing. She is excited to bring this to the University of Worcester and expects her seminars to be pragmatic, evidence-based and facilitative – with a good sense of humour throughout!


  • LLB (Hons) - Staffordshire University
  • Professional Policing: Social Sciences Degree – Teesside University
  • Diploma Criminology
  • FHEA Teaching Fellow

Teaching interests

  • Professional Policing Skills
  • Vulnerability (including domestic violence and abuse, stalking and harassment, honour-based violence and FGM, child abuse)
  • Investigative Practice including CPIA and Disclosure, Evidence Gathering
  • Black Box Thinking and Emotional Intelligence in Criminal Investigation
  • Investigative Interviewing

Research Interests

  • Black Box Thinking and Policing
  • Understanding Domestic Violence and Sexual Violence
  • Ethics in police decision-making

Membership of Professional Bodies

  • College of Policing Member
  • National Police Library
  • Police Oracle Member
  • Society of Evidence Based Policing
  • Advanced HE

Professional police training, accreditation and qualifications

  • PIP Level Two Investigator
  • PIP Level Two Specialist Child Victim and Witness Interviewer
  • PIP Level Two Significant Witness Interviewing
  • PIP Level Two Serious and Complex Interviewer
  • Specialist Sexual Assault Investigator
  • PIP Level Two Assessor
  • HOLMES Disclosure Officer and Casualty Bureau Officer
  • Mainstream CyberCrime Investigation
  • Professional Curiosity – 13 Strands of Protecting Vulnerable People
  • Rape Trauma and Investigative Interviewing
  • Behavioural Analysis: Understanding Sex Offenders and Working with Partners and Families
  • DASH Masterclass Trainer
  • Saferlives DA Matters Trainer

External Roles

  • West Mercia Police Ethics Committee member
  • University of Worcester and West Mercia Police Working Group
  • External Examiner for Professional Policing -  Wrexham Glyndwr University
  • Member of the College of Policing HE Forum
  • Member of the College of Policing PPD Re-Licencing Working Group