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School of Justice Studies

Sean Bell


Retired senior police officer with broad policing experience in operational and strategic roles and executive officer of local police federation. Building on my Masters level research. My current PhD studies concerns police officer/staff attitudes to colleagues and members of the public with mental health issues. This includes aspects of police culture and the impact of stigma and discrimination towards mental health upon colleagues with mental health issues.

Alongside my research, I lecture police studies undergraduates at LJMU, supervise undergraduate and masters level research students, peer review journal articles and have advised senior police managers on aspects of attitudes to mental health. I also support and advise students in their application and preparation for a career in policing.

My current teaching modules include:
Responding to Incidents
Technology in policing


LJMU, United Kingdom, Policing Studies BA Hons
LJMU, United Kingdom, Critical Social Science MRes

Academic appointments

Lecturer, LCAPS, Liverpool John Moores University, 2018 - present
Graduate Teaching Assistant, LCAPS, LJMU, 2015 - 2018


Journal article

Bell S, Eski Y. 2015. “Break a Leg – It’s all in the mind”: Police officers’ attitudes towards colleagues with mental health issues Policing: a Journal of Policy and Practice, DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Bell S, Palmer-Conn S. Suspicious minds: Police Attitudes to Mental Ill Health International Journal of Law and Public Administration, 1 :25-40 DOI Publisher Url Public Url