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Dr Joanne Traynor

Senior Lecturer

Faculty of Arts, Humanities, Education and Social Sciences
Humanities and Social Sciences
Areas of Expertise:
Policing , Criminology
Courses taught:

Joanne is a Senior Lecturer, and the Course Leader for ARU's BA (Hons) Criminology and Policing and BSc (Hons) Policing and Criminal Justice. Joanne joined ARU in 2022 following a career in police command and control.

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Joanne has experience of teaching across a variety of Criminology and Policing modules. Theories of communication, rhetoric and threat harm risk assessment.

Prior to starting her lecturing position in 2022 Joanne worked as a police command and control supervisor, managing threat, harm, risk and vulnerability. She completed her PhD in 2023, funded by the College of Policing. Her research explored the coding and interpretation of police incident logs.

Research interests

  • Police control room communication
  • The reporting of Kidnap and Extortion
  • Threat, harm and Risk assessment
  • Recontextualisation within a policing context


Joanne currently teaches on the following modules:

  • Criminal Justice in England and Wales
  • Crime News
  • Making a Difference


  • PhD The voices of communications officers, an ethnography of a police control room, Anglia Ruskin University 2023
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology Open University 1998