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Biography Sara joined the University of Salford in 2014, having previously taught at the University of Bradford, the University of Sheffield and the University of Derby. Her PhD research examined the use and impact of penalty notices for disorder, with a particular focus on police officers’ use of this power to control disorder in the night-time economy (NTE). Sara’s research interests are focused on out of court disposals/resolutions, police discretion and police legitimacy. Her work has explored the factors which affect police decision making and why people do/do not comply with the police. Her work draws on the motivational posturing theory of regulation and procedural justice theory. She has written on these issues with regards to the policing of social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic. More recently, Sara has embarked on research exploring police ethics and misconduct, with regards to the 'Blue Code of Silence' and officers' willingness to report on their colleagues' wrongdoing.

In 2015/16 Sara was awarded a £2,000 Vice-Chancellor’s Early Career Research Scholarship to develop her research agenda on procedural fairness in policing. In 2018/19 she was awarded £1,000 by the University of Salford Early Career Research Support Fund with matched funding of £792 by the University's Internal Research Support Fund to undertake research on police ethics and the 'Blue Code of Silence'.
Research Interests Police and policing with a particular focus on:
* Police Decision Making
* Out of Court Disposals/Resolutions
* Stop and Search
* Police Legitimacy, Procedural Justice and Distributive Justice
* Motivational Posturing Theory
* Police Misconduct and the Blue Code of Silence
Teaching and Learning Criminal Justice and Human Rights (module leader)
Policing and Social Control (module leader)
Becoming a Social Scientist
Crime, Conflict and Society