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Centre for Crime and Policing Seminar Series

The Centre for Crime and Policing Network seminar series showcases emerging cutting-edge contributions of research staff from across Northumbria University. Each session provides an opportunity for staff to present their research findings on key topics for contemporary policing and to reflect on the challenge of developing evidence based for police practice. The seminars are informal and designed to promote debate between academics and practitioners from the police and other relevant agencies.  

Now in its third year, the series has addressed topics including forensic science, police workforce development, the legal status of expert evidence, the policing of criminal assets, and effective responses to gendered violence. We estimate that the first two series attracted a total audience of around 450 people, including professional practitioners, academics, students and members of the public.

Up and Coming Seminars

Policing and Criminal Justice in 2020 - Challenges and Opportunities

Policing and Criminal Justice in 2020 - Challenges and Opportunities

Chair: Professor Mike Rowe, Director, Centre for Crime and Policing, Northumbria University

At a time when police services face many new, fast-moving, and complex challenges in terms of crime-types, services, workforce development, and external scrutiny Northumbria University offers a wide-range of experts, from many disciplinary backgrounds, who have experience and insight that can help identify solutions and new ways of working.

To this end, you are kindly invited to Northumbria University to discuss these challenge areas and identify opportunities to shape policing in the 2020s.  This event will bring together expert colleagues and academics from across the University, whose research and enterprise expertise is relevant to Policing and Criminal Justice.

With help from colleagues in research and innovation services the key focus of the session is the development of applied projects to enable the development of solutions to challenges identified by police participants. Principles of co-production, consultation and joint development underpin the exercise, with outcomes of important mutual benefit.

Friday, 6th March 2020, 10am - 12.30pm

Great Hall, Sutherland Building, Northumbria University, NE1 8XS  

Free Admission. Lunch and refreshments available from 12.30pm.

Please feel free to extend this invitation to those with relevant interests and expertise.  All attendees must register via our online form. Please click here to register.

Following this session, we will establish more focussed workshops around particular clusters and activities. It would be valuable for you to attend this first one, so we all start the journey together.

EVENT CANCELLED: Women Policing in China

EVENT CANCELLED

Women Policing in China: A preliminary inquiry

Presenter: Professor Anqi Shen, Professor of Law, Northumbria University

Can the 'Western' model of women's integration into policing be applied to women in mainland China? Professor Anqi Shen will explore this question in a stimulating seminar that will describe the current level of representation and status of female officers in the public security police in China. The seminar will examine female entry into policing, integration and the gendered challenges they face.

 

Tuesday, 15 October 2019, 5.30pm - 6.30pm

Lecture Theatre 403, Business and Law Building, City Campus East, Northumbria University, Newcastle, NE2 1UY

Free Admission. Refreshments from 5pm.

Law, Ethics and Algorithmic Policing

Law, Ethics and Algorithmic Policing

Presenter: Dr Marion Oswald, Senior Fellow in Law, Northumbria University

Police forces collect and use vast amounts of digital data and are increasingly deploying forms of machine learning algorithms to derive insights, inform decision-making, prioritise resources and assess risk.  Dr Oswald will outline the potential benefits of these technologies to policing in the current resource constrained environment, and discuss the legal and ethical issues that must be considered, including the risk of bias. The seminar will also explore the role of specialist ethics committees in providing a form of independent oversight of the use of these models. 

Marion Oswald is the Vice Chancellor’s Senior Fellow in Law, Associate Fellow of the Royal United Services Institute and Chair of the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner and West Midlands Police data ethics committee.  She is currently working on a project to explore the types of bias that can arise during the use of data analytics and algorithms within policing, to inform the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation’s draft code of practice for data analytics in policing.  An initial briefing paper ‘Data Analytics and Algorithmic Bias in Policing’ in association with this project was published in September, and this talk will discuss some of the key interim findings from this research.

Tuesday, 12 November 2019, 5.30pm - 6.30pm

Lecture Theatre 403, Business and Law Building, City Campus East, Northumbria University, Newcastle, NE2 1UY

Free Admission. Refreshments from 5pm.

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Brexit and Internal Security

Brexit and Internal Security: Political and Legal Concerns regarding the future of UK-EU Police Cooperation 

Presenter: Dr Helena Farrand Carrapico, Associate Professor in Criminology and International Relations, Northumbria University

This seminar will explore the viability of future UK-EU internal security arrangements in light of Brexit, including their impact on the UK’s and the EU’s security and international standings.  Dr Carrapico will discuss on-going negotiations and address the main political and legal concerns of possible future arrangements, in particular for the area of police cooperation.

As the UK prepares to leave the EU, the country is faced with having to develop new cooperation models with its neighbours to fight growing transnational security threats, as well as new strategies to maintain its leading role as an international security actor. In exploring these issues, this presentation aims to contribute to the general knowledge on the risks and opportunities associated with the disentanglement of the UK from European internal security cooperation; to shed more light on the debates surrounding the negotiations; and to inform the policy discussions that form the basis of proposed cooperation models and that are likely to significantly shape the future UK-EU security relationship.

Dr Farrand Carrapico joined Northumbria University in April 2019. Her research focuses on European Union Justice and Home Affairs governance, and comprises three strands: 1) The governance of specific policy fields within Justice and Home Affairs, namely organised crime and cyber crime; 2) the governance of the external dimension of the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice; and 3) the governance of Brexit in relation to internal security. 

She holds a doctoral degree in Social and Political Sciences from the European University Institute (Florence), where she developed her thesis on European Union organised crime policies.

 

Tuesday, 10 December 2019, 5.30pm - 6.30pm

Lecture Theatre 403, Business and Law Building, City Campus East, Northumbria University, Newcastle, NE2 1UY

Free Admission. Refreshments from 5pm.

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EVENT POSTPONED: Police Reform and Professionalisation: Lessons from Scotland

 EVENT POSTPONED: NEW DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED SHORTLY

 

 Presenter: Dr Ali Malik, Lecturer in Social Sciences, Northumbria University

Dr Ali Malik will discuss Police Reform and Professionalisation: Lessons from Scotland.

He is involved in the delivery of the Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship and the BSc in Professional Policing. He previously worked as an Associate Inspector for HM Inspectorate of Constabulary in Scotland.

Forensic Linguistics in Policing

Forensic Linguistics in Policing 

Presenter: Dr Nicci MacLeod, Senior Lecturer in English Language and Linguistics, Northumbria University

Forensic linguistics can be broadly defined as the application of language analysis for the improvement of the delivery of justice. In this seminar Dr MacLeod will discuss some of the ways in which forensic linguists have assisted investigators and legal decision makers, either in pursuit of particular operational goals or in making improvements to their day-to-day professional practice.

Drawing on her experiences as a freelance forensic linguistic consultant who has provided expert assistance in cases of fraud, blackmail, and murder, and delivered training on particular aspects of investigative practice, such as interviewing and online identity assumption, she will demonstrate the myriad ways in which language analysis can be an indispensable tool in the policing realm.

 

Wednesday, 22 January 2020, 5.30pm - 6.30pm

Lecture Theatre 403, Business and Law Building, City Campus East, Northumbria University, Newcastle, NE2 1UY

Free Admission. Refreshments from 5pm.

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The Role of Body Worn Cameras in Policing

The Role of Body Worn Cameras in Policing

Presenter: Dr Diana Miranda, Criminology, Northumbria University

Police departments are increasingly adopting body-worn cameras (BWC) in order to record their interactions with members of the public. Drawing on a qualitative study conducted with two British police forces, this seminar will explore the role played by BWCs on police officers’ professional practice. In order to understand how these technologies are perceived and how they are used, we will consider some of the practical/technical, ethical and contextual challenges faced by police officers.

Tuesday, 25 February 2020, 5.30pm - 6.30pm

Lecture Theatre 403, Business and Law Building, City Campus East, Northumbria University, Newcastle, NE2 1UY

Free Admission. Refreshments from 5pm.

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POSTPONED: Visible Policing: Public and Police Engagement on Social Media

PLEASE NOTE: This seminar has been postponed, due to the recent coronavirus (COVIC-19) outbreak. If you have registered for this lecture, we will be in touch when a new date is confirmed.

 

 

Visible Policing: Public and Police Engagement on Social Media 

Presenter: Liam Ralph, Research Fellow, Northumbria University

In this lecture, Liam Ralph will provide an overview of his PhD study: ‘The dynamics of police legitimacy and social media in Scotland’. Following extensive research and fieldwork with police officers, police staff, citizens and social media, Dr Ralph will present his findings on the connections between policing, social media, and police legitimacy. He will explore what police use of social media reveals about how the police gain legitimacy and also discuss the Visible Policing project's future direction.

Wednesday, 18 March 2020, 5.30pm - 6.30pm

Lecture Theatre 403, Business and Law Building, City Campus East, Northumbria University, Newcastle, NE2 1UY

Free Admission. Refreshments from 5pm.

Police Education and Professionalisation: brave new world or empty rhetoric

Presenter: Professor Sarah Soppitt (Faculty of Arts, Design and Social Sciences)

Professor Sarah Soppitt will explore Police Education and Professionalisation: brave new world or empty rhetoric

Details coming soon.

Machine Learning, Gunshot Residue and Extensive Profiling: how Technology Could Help in Crime Scene Investigation

Gunshot Residue and Extensive Profiling: How Technology could help  in Crime Scene Investigation

Presenter: Dr Matteo Gallidabino, Senior Lecturer in Forensic Science, Northumbria University 

Extracting reliable, robust and useful information from physical evidence is a key objective of forensic science. Current routine analytical methods for many kinds of chemical trace, however, still just allow trivial information to be obtained in an intelligence, investigative or evaluative context. Such traces include, for example, gunshot and explosive residues.

In recent years, great advances have been made regarding the evolution of analytical instrumentation and statistical methods, especially in interface fields such as computational chemistry and data analytics. Forensic science is quickly realising the potential held by these novelties for enhancing the role of chemical traces and new applications have begun to appear in specialised literature. Dr Gallidabino will provide examples of some of these novel approaches, based on his past and ongoing research.

 

Tuesday, 5 May 2020, 5.30pm - 6.30pm

Lecture Theatre 403, Business and Law Building, City Campus East, Northumbria University, Newcastle, NE2 1UY

Free Admission. Refreshments from 5pm.

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Previous Events

Legal Professional Privilege and the Investigation of Corporate Crime

Our seminar 'Legal Professional Privilege and the Investigation of Corporate Crime' took place on 13 December 2018. 

During which Professor Michael Stockdale, Head of Law, Northumbria University and Rebecca Mitchell, Director of LLM Programmes, Northumbria University discussed legal professional privilege attached to communications and how it enables the person entitled to claim privilege to refuse to produce privileged documents or to answer questions about their content. There are two forms of legal professional privilege. 

This seminar considered the two areas that arise in the context of corporate criminal investigations relating to claims of legal professional privilege. It explored the difficulty of identifying the client for the purposes of legal advice privilege and the extent to which litigation privilege may attach to communications.

Using Research and Design to Rethink Stubborn Policing Problems

Our seminar 'Using Research and Design to Rethink Stubborn Policing Problems' took place on 20 November 2018.

During the session Professor Mike Rowe and Sarah Soppitt (Social Sciences) and Nick Spencer (School of Design) explored the importance of adopting a design-led approach to police problem-solving, taking into consideration the organisational culture and the wider context in which police operate. It is argued that problem-solving is most effective when considered as a strategic approach rather than an applied work plan.

Domestic Violence

Our seminar 'Policing Domestic Violence' took place on 20th September 2017. 

During the session Professor Mike Rowe, Dr Ruth Lewis and Professor Pamela Davies examined research projects, analysing the efforts to improve police responses to gendered violence. Focusing on a cultural change within the police and other criminal justice agencies, this lecture explored how changes to policy and practice can improve service and highlighted potential limitations and areas for development.

To view the slides from the seminar please click here

International Criminal Justice Cooperation and the Implications for Cross Border Policing

Our seminar on 'International Criminal Justice Cooperation and the Implications for Cross Border Policing' took place on Wednesday 11 October 2017. 

During the session Adam Jackson, Professor Tim Wilson, Dr Mohamed Badar, Gemma Davies from Northumbria Centre for Evidence and Criminal Justice Studies (NCECJS), Northumbria Law School, drew on the research of NCECJS members to identify the key mechanisms of international criminal justice cooperation, that assist with the policing of cross border crime and will try to identify future challenges and potential solutions. 

To view the slides from the seminar place click here

Expert Evidence

Our seminar 'Expert Evidence' took place on 15th November 2017. 

During the session Sophie Carr considered the provision of expert opinion evidence, using forensic science to illustrate areas where greater critical scrutiny should be applied. The seminar reflected on the role forensic science plays in society, discussing the expectations and inferred assumptions that often go unsaid. Are all disciplines within forensic science created equal and should they be treat as such? To what extent are the different evidence types, such as DNA and fingerprints, able to satisfy the legal requirements for admissibility in any given case? We assert that the criminal justice system, and the actors within it, appear to afford a level of critical trust to the provision of expert opinion evidence. However, to uphold such trust, those submitting to it must fully understand the frameworks that underpin it and when greater critical scrutiny should be applied. 

To view the slides from the seminar please click here

 

 

Facial Identification and the Third Forensics - Images and Allusions

Presenter: Martin Evison (Applied Sciences)

The number of digital facial images forming evidence in criminal investigations is growing rapidly due to the ubiquity of sources from mobile devices, surveillance cameras, and social media. This presentation will introduce the development of forensic facial image analysis, which has antecedents in early police photography, and go on to introduce the most common approaches to facial image identification of suspects in current use.

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Online criminality and digital investigations: The practical and procedural challenges of policing Darknet marketplaces

Presenter: Adam Jackson (School of Law) and Philip Anderson (Computer and Information Sciences)

Adam Jackson and Philip Anderson will explore the operation of darknet marketplaces and consider the technical and procedural challenges of investigating, identifying and prosecuting criminal activity enabled by, and taking place within, darknet environments. Consideration will be given to whether and to what extent the traditional approaches of the criminal justice system are fit for purpose in this context.

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Policing Wildlife Crime and Trafficking

Presenter: Tanya Wyatt (Social Sciences)

This seminar will highlight how wildlife crime and trafficking are policed by a complicated multi-agency approach that includes constabularies, the UK Border Force, and the third sector. Professor Wyatt will explore the improvements required for the policing of wildlife crimes within the UK and discuss the need to hold wildlife criminals responsible, in such a way that the punishment fits the crime.

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Cyber-Crime in Context

Presenter: Tim Wilson (School of Law)

Cyber-enabled or -enhanced crime, especially when facilitated by anonymised communication networks have created new problems for the police and other criminal justice professionals. The seminar will discuss how changes in offending have coincided with exceptional pressures on policing because of digital technology, fiscal austerity and uncertainties about international cooperation as a result of Brexit.

Policing criminal assets: Where does the evidence lead us?

Our seminar 'Policing criminal assets: Where does the evidence lead us?' took place on 17 January 2018. 

During the session Professor Jackie Harvey and Dr Peter Sproat, focused on how in the UK and elsewhere over recent years there has been a series of measures introduced to recover assets from convicted criminals. The implications that this has had in practice, in terms of those targeted and assets recovered, are considered in the paper and the extent to which police and other regulators are well-placed to act in this area are considered.

The influence of occupational psychology within policing

Our seminar 'The influence of occupational psychology within policing' took place on 21 February 2018. 

During the session Laura Longstaff showcased the influence that Occupational Psychology can have within policing, specifically the work carried out with Northumbria Police Force, reviewing and implementing changes to recruitment process of Police Officers in line with best practice guidance. Research plans regarding evaluating the outcomes of the changes to the recruitment process and tracking the health and well-being of new recruits over time were also discussed. 

To view the slides from the seminar please click here.

The Special Constable: Exploring the contemporary role and experience of Police volunteers.

Our seminar, The Special Constable: Exploring the contemporary role and experience of Police volunteers took place on Wednesday 16 May 2018.

During the session Dr Pauline Ramshaw discussed her findings from a research project that considers the motivations and situated occupational experiences of Special Constables, and their bearing upon satisfaction and commitment to the role. Despite efforts to increase the recruitment of Special Constables such endeavours are being hampered by consistent attrition, with 24.4% of Special Constables leaving during 2015-16 (Home Office, 2016). Survey research by Gaston and Alexander (2001) and Whittle (2014) draws attention to long standing issues affecting the retention of Special Constables, including the fact that many leave to make the transition to Police Officer.

The paper expands upon these issues by drawing on early findings generated from a small scale pilot study that considers the motivations and situated occupational experiences of Special Constables, and their bearing upon satisfaction and commitment to the role. Retaining a focus on the northeast of England, the research generated new empirical data from semi-structured interviews with Special Constables. The intention is to help inform understanding of the experiences, motivations, and challenges faced by Special Constables, to gain greater insight into workplace issues that may contribute towards Special Constables’ decision to resign.

 

Maximising Forensic DNA Utility: Local, Regional and Global Challenges.

Our seminar 'Maximising Forensic DNA Utility: Local, Regional and Global Challenges' took place on 21 March 2018.

During the session Dr Carole McCartney, explains since emergence of forensic DNA profiling and the corollary creation of DNA databases, efforts to maximise the efficiency and utility of DNA technology have intensified. Developments on a local, regional and global scale may challenge ‘accepted’ use of DNA, yet such efforts are expedient given the imperative that expenditure on DNA should be cost-effective and the benefits demonstrable. To this end, regimes governing forensic DNA have often been adjusted to better target those from whom DNA will prove most ‘profitable’, and to expand the uses of retained DNA. Yet the European Court of Human Rights in 2008 clearly articulated the need for a ‘balance’ between police powers to retain the DNA of citizens, and privacy concerns, human rights and public interest.

The Court left unsaid what this balance should be, leaving such calibrations to domestic legislators. The Court was likewise silent on whether there ought to be limitations on the uses of retained DNA.

In delivering a unanimous but terse ruling, the Court left States wide discretion, and while scientific and technological advances continue to attract the eye of ethicists and sociologists, (particularly around developments such as phenotyping and familial searching), the governance and legal regimes of DNA databases garner far less critical attention. In some instances, a ‘balance’ originally struck may have been destabilised by subsequent legal reforms, or changes in practice, and regimes are in need of re-calibration. Thus forensic DNA databases continue to raise questions of legitimacy and acceptability, particularly when accounting for ongoing efforts to maximise DNA efficiency and utility.

To view the slides from the seminar please click here.

Digital Forensics: Principles and Procedures.

Our seminar 'Digital Forensics: Principles and Procedures' took place on 18 April 2018.

During the session Philip Anderson, Computer Forensics discussed how digital evidence plays an integral role in all aspects of our modern day lives. Although strongly related to the field of cyber security, digital forensics concerns itself with the collection of evidence after a crime has taken place as opposed to the prevention of a crime.

As most criminals now leave a digital trail, digital evidence prominently features in many investigations. Digital forensics is a rapidly evolving field and as such the seminar provided an overview on the extraction, preservation and analysis of digital evidence obtained from different electronic devices in a legally acceptable manner.

The Impact of Security Apps on Digital Investigations

Presenter: Philip Anderson (Department of Computer and Information Sciences)

In the current climate of digital privacy users as well as criminals are using ‘security’ apps on mobile phones to protect their personal data and communications. The presentation discussed the functionality of these apps as well as the impact and the potential issues this might have on the identification and recovery of digital evidence on mobile phones.


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