Fay Sweeting

Dr Fay Sweeting

  • Senior Lecturer in Psychology
  • Poole House P104a, Talbot Campus, Fern Barrow, Poole, BH12 5BB
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Prior to joining academia, I was a Dorset Police officer (2004-2021). In 2017, I completed the MSc in investigative forensic psychology at BU and stayed on to complete a funded PhD.

My main research area concerns sexual misconduct within the police - inclusive of abuse of position for a sexual purpose as well as internal sexism, bullying and misogyny. I am also developing a risk assessment tool to assist the police in identifying officers who are engaging in the above mentioned behaviours.

I am currently a member of two National Police Chief Council working groups (abuse of position and internal sexual misconduct) and the HMIC academic research group.

In addition to my main interests, I also conduct research into the rare and complex auto-immune condition of Behçet's disease. I am also supervising post-graduate students in the areas of rape myths, post natal depression and emotions in the neuro-diverse.

Current projects:

National survey on police sexism and misogyny

Pilot psychometric testing of police recruits...


Journal Articles



  • Sweeting, F., 2021. Sexual misconduct in police officers: development of a risk assessment tool for the early identification of police officers and staff who abuse their positions for a sexual purpose. PhD Thesis. Bournemouth University, Faculty of Science and Technology.


Conference Presentations

  • Tackling VAWG Together Conference, 06 Dec 2023, Tidworth, Wiltshire
  • Now's the time - Learning Event, 26 May 2023, Birmingham
  • Police Misconduct, 16 May 2023, London
  • Somerset VAWG day, 15 May 2023, Bridgewater, Somerset
  • College of Policing: VAWG conference, 15 May 2023, Ryton
  • Avon & Somerset Police Abuse of Position Conference, 15 Mar 2023, Avon and Somerset Police HQ
  • Sexual harassment in the workplace, 24 Jan 2023, Manchester
  • Professional Standards and Ethics Conference 2022, 21 Nov 2022, Stratford Upon Avon
  • Garda Commissioners Conference, 08 Nov 2022, Tipperary
  • Shining a light on betrayal, 26 Jul 2022, Belfast
  • Abuse of position for a sexual purpose: keeping boundaries professional, 29 Oct 2021, Durham

Broadcast Interview