The BA in Policing programme uses an extended role play involving a robbery incident. This assessment requires students to deal with an incident from first report through to appearing in court to give evidence. The exercise requires them to devise their own investigative strategy and if they make the right enquiries, they are fed extra snippets of information that should lead to an arrest of the suspect. Students interview the suspect using the tape-recorded interview method and then submit the file to the Crown Prosecution Service for a decision as to whether or not to charge the suspect.

For more information about this assessment, please contact Bob Lyman, Senior Lecturer in Criminal Justice Practice (

This case study is taken from the Institute of Learning and Teaching’s 2015 publication ‘Outside the Box Assessment and Feedback Practices’, available from the University’s Assessment and Feedback portal.

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