My role at the University is to help researchers, academics and others understand the criminal justice and policing agenda and to help their engagement with the key people in the police service. I achieve this by bridging that gap between the police and the university and acting as a catalyst to bring those two types of organisations together.
A key part of my work is to help secure and deliver major research projects, such as those funded through the European Commission, Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). I have established strong connections in Europe with the funding bodies which means I am able to perform a similar role of brokerage and networking between Europe, the academics here at the University and the police service.
One of my favourite sayings is 'your network is your net worth'. I consider myself to have a good network. And not a just a network on paper. A network that actually delivers and that will work with you. A network that is based on trust and understanding.
I originally joined the police to make a difference, to try to improve people's lives and tackle crime. During my 29 years with the police I realised that the service needs to be more innovative. It needs to be more at the cutting edge of technology design and more involved in influencing technology design, particularly as the police tend to have solutions thrust upon them as opposed to being involved in the process of developing ideas and making sure they fit a need. Being seconded to the university provides me with the ideal opportunity to ensure that any research activity taking place related to security or justice can actually be applied, and will have benefits to the police as intended end users.
Business, Technology and Enterprise
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Andrews, S., Polovina, S., Akhgar, B., Staniforth, A., Fortune, D., & Stedman, A. (2015). Tackling financial and economic crime through strategic intelligence management. In Stedman, A., & Lawson, G. (Eds.) Hostile intent and counter-terrorism: human factors theory and application. (pp. 161-176). Ashgate: http://www.ashgate.com/isbn/9781472402103
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