The John Grieve Centre (JGC) was created in 2003 with a vision to create a community of ideas that spans students, academics, practitioners and policy-makers. Originally located at Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College, JGC relocated to London Metropolitan University in April 2006.
Through postgraduate teaching and research, public conferences, law enforcement practitioner seminars and consultancy projects, JGC actively contributes to the emerging academic discipline of police studies and promotes and disseminates expertise, understanding and good practice amongst practitioners.
The Centre enjoys close links with various police organisations and other agencies which not only serve to enhance mutual understanding but also directly contribute to course content for students.
Alumni have gone on to work for various police forces and to attain roles working within the academy.
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Who is John Grieve?
Professor John Grieve CBE, QPM, BA (Hons), M. Phil is a former Deputy Assistant Commissioner in the Metropolitan Police and widely acknowledged as one of the most distinguished police leaders of his generation. Whether working as the Head of the Racial and Violent Crimes Task Force or as Head of Counter-Terrorism, Grieve provided inspirational leadership and an assured grasp of policy, as well as demonstrating a shrewd understanding of both national and local politics.
Throughout his career, Grieve understood - more clearly than many of his contemporaries - that the police service is at its most effective when working closely with local communities in an environment of mutual trust and co-operation. Grieve had a vision of harnessing community support and collaboration to help the police to tackle some seemingly intractable security challenges such as protecting citizens from the threat of terrorism, hate crime, youth offending and anti-social behaviour.
It is this vision that provides the guiding principle for the work of the John Grieve Centre for Policing and Community safety today. All the staff working at the Centre subscribe to Grieve’s vision for police/community co-operation and joint working. They take his work forward through undergraduate and postgraduate teaching programmes, policy development, research and consultancy, both in the UK and abroad.