Dr Simon Cooper

Essex Law School
Dr Simon Cooper
  • Email

  • Telephone

    +44 (0) 1206 876267

  • Location

    5S.4.20, Colchester Campus

  • Academic support hours

    Monday 12 - 1pm or please email for an appointment



Dr Simon Cooper is the Director of Criminal Law at The University of Essex. Dr Cooper’s research focuses on Police and Crime Commissioners. Recommendations from his recent research have been noted by Parliament, Government, The Home Affairs Committee, Policing Leaders, The House of Commons, The House of Lords and The Strategic Review of Policing in England and Wales. For example, please see: 1. The House of Commons - Police and Crime Commissioners, Number 6104 (2021). 2. The House of Lords - Police and Crime Commissioners: Powers and functions (2022). 3. The Home Affairs Select Committee - Policing Priorities Inquiry, December (2022). 4. The Strategic Review of Policing in England and Wales - The Final Report of The Strategic Review of Policing in England and Wales (2022). 5. UK Parliament Post - Trust in the police, Number 693 (2023). His research has been covered by The Times and The Guardian. Dr Cooper is currently consulting on a project with the Police, HM Prison Service and The Probation Service. Dr Cooper would welcome postgraduate research supervision in the area of police accountability, in particular Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs).


  • PhD University of Essex,

  • LLM University of Essex,

  • BVC City University London,

  • LLB University of East Anglia,

  • Fellow Higher Education Academy,

  • Associate Fellow, Higher Education Academy

Research and professional activities

Research interests

Police and Crime Commissioners

Policing and police accountability

Conferences and presentations

Police and Crime Commissioners: s.38 PRSRA 2011, A Corrosive Power?

University of Essex Administrative Power Symposium,, 1/10/2018

2018: Police and Crime Commissioners: A Corrosive Power?

Society of Legal Scholars, 2/9/2018

2014: Making Police Accountable: Governance and Legitimacy


2013: The Challenges for Policing in the 21st Century, Police and Crime Commissioners Conference


Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Criminal Law (LW104)

  • Final Year Research Project (LW304)

  • Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice: Law, Policy and Practice (LW349)

  • Legal Research Skills (LW254)

Grants and funding


Strengthening the Independence and Effectiveness of Police Governance: Reforms to the System of Police and Crime Commissioners [PCCs]

University of Essex (ESRC IAA)

+44 (0) 1206 876267


5S.4.20, Colchester Campus

Academic support hours:

Monday 12 - 1pm or please email for an appointment