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Institute of Criminology



Emily is Ph.D. Candidate in the Jerry Lee Centre for Experimental Criminology supervised by Dr Matthew Bland and Professor Barak Ariel. She specialises in policing: organisational behaviour, decision-making, and ethics. Emily is a former employee of the College of Policing where she worked in research and 'Authorised Professional Practice' within Forensics, Organised Crime, and Criminal Investigation.

She holds a BA(Hons) in Social Sciences; a PGCE; and an MA in Philosophy with a dissertation in Criminological Ethics for which she received a Distinction. Emily's research is entitled 'The Copper's Nose' Project and is funded by the ESRC.


Emily's research is entitled 'The Copper's Nose' (TCN) Project. The grounded hypothesis states that there exists a perceived colloquial phenomenon in policing: that police officers have an ability, developed beyond the ability of any non-trained civilian, to detect when something 'just doesn't feel right'. In policing culture around the world, it is referred to as the 'copper's nose'. The phenomenon has been referenced in police recruitment campaigns, social media outreach, police training programmes, in various novels and official correspondence, and even in legal cases in the UK. Despite this perceived existence of TCN, it is without a definition, and has not been researched or explored anywhere in the world. Emily's project will be the first to collect and record the views of police officers from around the UK in one of the largest projects of its kind and produce a universal definition and comprehensive understanding of the phenomenon.