Paul Bleakley, Ph.D.


Doctor of Philosophy, University of New England
Master of Arts (English), University of New England
Master of History, University of New England
Master of Policing, Intelligence and Counter-Terrorism
Graduate Diploma of Education, English/History, Griffith University
Bachelor of Journalism, Politics, Griffith University

About Paul

Dr. Paul Bleakley is an Assistant Professor in Criminal Justice with an expertise in policing, corruption and abuse studies. He has a particular focus on historical criminology, and especially the use of historical research methods to examine police corruption and cold case crimes. Dr. Bleakley has written two books on this subject, Under a Bad Sun: Police, Politics and Corruption in Australia (2021) and Policing Child Sexual Abuse (2022). He has published his research in a range of leading journals such as Criminology & Criminal Justice, Crime Law and Social Change, Deviant Behavior and Criminal Justice Studies. Dr. Bleakley also has a research interest in the policing of stalking, having worked with police departments in the United Kingdom to assess and enhance a pilot Stalking Screening Tool (SST) that was implemented to improve the identification and response to stalking behavior.

Prior to joining the University of New Haven, Dr. Bleakley was also an active participant in the design and delivery of the British Policing Education Qualifications Framework (PEQF), wherein he and his colleagues were responsible for the delivery of a tertiary curriculum to all new police recruits across three regional police services. His research interests encompass many aspects of police culture and practice with an emphasis on ethical reform, from his work on the specialist squad system to his exploration of how to best facilitate informant management in policing.

Selected Publications

Bleakley, P. (2021, forthcoming) Under a Bad Sun: Police, Politics and Corruption in Australia (Michigan State University Press, East Lansing).

Peer Reviewed Journals

Bleakley, P. (2021) Cleansing and corridors: assessing the state (and future) of human source management in Australia, Current Issues in Criminal Justice,

Bleakley, P. (2020) The Cult of Corruption: Reframing organizational frameworks of police corruption from a cultic perspective, Deviant Behavior, 42 (5). 565-577.

Bleakley, P. (2020) The trouble with squads: Accounting for corruption in Australia’s specialist policing units, Criminal Justice Studies, 34 (1), 115-133.