Trevor Bradley

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Senior Lecturer School of Social and Cultural Studies


Teaching in 2020

Research specialties

Crime Prevention, crime reduction and community safety; plural policing and private security/private policing; youth justice; and politics of crime and 'law and order'.


Trevor Bradley joined the Institute as a staff member in 2002.

Trevor was contracted by the Institute of Criminology at Victoria University of Wellington to develop the Victoria Police Education Programme (VPEP). In addition, he co-wrote the course materials for the programme in 2000/2001. Trevor was a VPEP course coordinator from 2001 to 2003.

Selected publications

Bradley, T. (2017). Plural Policing in New Zealand. In A. Deckert, & R. Sarre (Eds.), The Palgrave Handbook of Australian and New Zealand Criminology, Crime and Justice. New York, NY: Palgrave MacMillan.

Bradley, T. (2017). Explaining Crime Through the Ages. In J. Gilbert & G. Newbold (Eds.), Criminal Justice: A New Zealand Introduction. Auckland: Auckland University Press.

Bradley, T. (2017). Professionalising private security: Mandatory training in New Zealand’s manned security sector. NZSecurity, April/May 2017, 16-21.

Bradley, T. (2014). Governing private security in New Zealand, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology, 49(2), pp. 1-21.

Bradley, T. (2014). Raising the bar: Professionalism and service delivery standards within NewZealand’s contract private security industry, Security Journal, pp. 1-18.

Bradley, T. (2013) ‘Community Violence in Aotearoa New Zealand’, in Taylor, A. and Connolly, M. (Eds.) Understanding Violence: Context and Practice in the Human Sciences, Canterbury: Canterbury University Press.

Bradley T. (2011). Measuring community and stranger-related violence in Aotearoa New Zealand, Te Awatea Review, The Journal of Te Awatea Violence Research Centre, Canterbury University

Bradley T, Rowe M A, Sedgwick C P. (2011). 'Not in my backyard? Crime in the neighbourhood', Howard Journal of Criminal Justice, 50 (1), pp. 34-51.

Bradley, T and Walters, R. (2011) ' Introduction to Criminological Thought ' (2nd Ed), Pearson: Auckland.

Bradley T. (2010). 'Exploring the interface of public and private 'policing': select finding from a New Zealand security industry survey', Security Today, February/March, pp. 38-40.

Bradley, T and Sedgwick, C. (2009). 'Policing beyond the police: A 'first cut' Study of Private Security in New Zealand', Policing and Society, 19(4), pp. 468-492.

Bradley, T (with Tauri, J and Walters, R) (2006). 'Demythologising Youth Justice in Aotearoa/New Zealand', in Muncie, J & Goldson, B (eds.) Comparative Youth Justice, London: Sage.

Bradley, Trevor. (2006). 'Social Exclusion' in The Sage Dictionary of Criminology (2nd Edition): Sage, pp. 400-402’.

Bradley, T and Walters, R. (2002). 'The managerialisation of crime prevention and community safety: The New Zealand Experience' in Hughes, G, McLaughlin, E and Muncie, J (eds) Crime Prevention and Community Safety: New Directions. Sage, pp. 240-259.

Public Commentaries

Bradley, T. (2019). ‘Plural policing’ should come at a cost. Newsroom, November 15

Mackenzie, S., Bradley, T., Lindsay, A. (2019). Cops with guns will make us less safe. Newsroom, October 24

Selected Conference Papers

2017. The Gift that Keeps on Giving: Civic Activism and Volunteer Community Policing in New Zealand. Forging Social Justice: Local Challenges, Global Complexities. Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, England.

2015. Professionalising Private Security. ANZSOC 2015: Security and Rule of Law: The changing face of criminal justice (28th Annual Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology Conference). Flinders University, Victoria Square, Adelaide, Australia.

Bradley, T. (2014). Governing private security in New Zealand. In Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology Vol. 49 (pp. 159-178). doi:10.1177/0004865814538038

2014. Governing Private Security in New Zealand: A Critical Perspective. Symposium on Current Issues in Crime and Criminal Justice: A dialogue between the Pacific & Greater China Region. Victoria University of Wellington.

2013. Licensing contract private security in New Zealand: What can it tell us about the security 'industry'?. British Society of Criminology Conference 2013: Criminology on Trial. University of Wolverhampton.

2013. What does licensing it tell us about private security?. ANZSOC Revisited. Wellington.

2013. Private security in New Zealand: The effects and impacts of licensing. Issues in Crime and Justice. Victoria University of Wellington.

2013. Mapping the patterns of license applications and approvals. New Zealand Security Conference and Exhibition 2013: Security at the Crossroads. Auckland.

2013. Licensing Private Security: Insights and Implications. New Zealand Security Association/ASIS NZ Annual conference. Auckland.

2012. Licensing and private security in New Zealand. 2012 ANZSOC Conference: Public Criminologies: Crime, Power and Marginalisation. University of Auckland.


Teaching in 2020