Jonathan Allen

Postgraduate Research Student
BSc, MSc


My research project

University roles and responsibilities

  • Teaching assistant

    My qualifications

    BSc Criminology (Hons)
    University of Surrey
    MSc Social Research Methods
    University College London


    Francesca Menichelli, Karen Anne Bullock, Jon M Garland, Jonathan Allen (2024)The organisation and operation of policing on university campuses: A case study, In: Criminology & Criminal Justice SAGE Publications

    The operation of policing services on university campuses in the United Kingdom is under-researched. Drawing on interviews with university managers, security personnel and residential wardens, this article adds to the limited literature on policing in educational institutions by providing a case study of the organisation and implementation of campus policing at a university in the United Kingdom. We find that the work of the security teams includes routine housekeeping and caretaking tasks across campus, maintaining adherence to university rules and regulations, enhancing student well-being and welfare and preventing and responding to crimes. Further research is needed to understand how university spaces are managed and policed across the United Kingdom and the role of private security in dealing with welfare and mental health issues on campus.

    Francesca Menichelli, Karen Bullock, Jon M Garland, Jonathan Allen (2024)Policing universities: exploring the use of body-worn cameras (BWCs) by private campus security officers, In: Policing and Society Routledge

    Body-worn cameras (BWCs) are widely used across the public and private sectors, including in law enforcement, education, and transport. An extensive body of work exists on the use of BWCs by the public police and their impacts on officers and citizens' behaviours. In contrast, literature on the use of BWCs use in private security is very limited. Even more so is research on the use of BWCs by private security on university campuses. Drawing on semi-structured interviews with campus security officers and senior management in a university in the United Kingdom (UK), this paper investigates how and why BWCs were initially introduced, how they are used and with what outcomes. We find that adoption of the cameras was to strengthen the professionalism and credibility of officers and their ability to collect evidence. In practice, camera use is infrequent and concentrated on specific days and times of the week. BWC footage is prominently used in the investigation of alleged violations of university regulations, and it has become a tool to hold students accountable for their behaviour in a way that was not possible before the adoption of the cameras. The study offers an important contribution to our understanding of the operation and outcomes of private security on university campuses and, more specifically, the role of BWCs in these.