Dr Clare N Torrible

  • BS8 1HH


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Research interests


Clare's reserach interests include police practice and police accountability and regulatory mechanisms. Her doctoral research examineed the relationship between civil actions against the police and police complaints, exploring the significant developmental impact each has had on the other and the current practical interplay between the two processes. Its empirical and analytical focus is on the settlement of police actions with particular emphasis on those cases where a complaint is not upheld but force legal advisors make the decision to settle the associated civil action.  Here the differing legitimacy claims of the two forms of accountability are brought most sharply into relief and the research centred on what this reveals about perceptions of policing and police legitimacy.


Journal Articles 

"Policing Professionalism and Liability in Negligence" Conaghan, J. and Torrible, C. (2017) Journal of Professional Negligence (33) 22 86-108

"Reconceptualising the Police Complaints Process as as Site of Contested Legitimacy Claims." 2016 Policing and Society: An International Journal of Research and Policy. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10439463.2016.1191486


Papers and Posters 


Police Voilence and Police Complaints: Independence Integiry and Individual Justice. Annual Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology Conference, Universtiy of Melbourne, December 2018.

"Caught up in the moment or part of the movement? Revisiting the political and ideological underpinning of Thompson and Hsu" Society of Legal Studies Conference, Univeristy of Bristol  2017.

"Policing Complaints: A collaborative Vision of Civil Actions and Police Complaints Processes in Police Regulation." Law and Society Association Annual Conference, New Orleans, June 2016.

“A Polarised Approach to Police Complaints."  Society of Legal Studies Conference, University of Warwick, September 2015.


"Civil Actions Against the Police and Police Complaints Processes." Sociaty of Legal Scholars Annual Conference, Univeristy of York, September 2015. 




Clare graduated from Bristol University in 1995, going on the complete the Legal Practice Course in 1996. She trained in commercial private practice, gaining experience in commercial litigation, banking litigation and non-contentious commercial property work. She also has extensive experience in the public sector having acted as a prosecutor at the Crown Prosecution Service and as Senior Solicitor at the Avon and Somerset Police Authority. She completed a Masters in Socio-legal Studies at Bristol Univeristy in 2011 and her Doctorate in 2019.



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Research Output

  • 2 Article (Academic Journal)

Reconceptualising the police complaints process as a site of contested legitimacy claims

Torrible, C. N. L., 4 May 2018, In : Policing and Society. 28, 4, p. 464-479 16 p.

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    Policing, professionalism and liability for negligence

    Conaghan, J. & Torrible, C., 29 Jun 2017, In : Tottel's Journal of Professional Negligence. 33, 2

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    Supervised Work

    How do civil actions against the police and police complaints interact and what does this interaction reveal about police legitimacy?

    Author: Torrible, C., 25 Jun 2019

    Supervisor: Laing, J. (Supervisor) & Conaghan, J. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)