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NEW ARTICLE PUBLISHED: Dr Leanne Savigar-Shaw has a new article published in Policing and Society

Dr Leanne Savigar-Shaw has recently had a new exciting piece of work investigating the capacity of Procedural Justice Theory (PJT) in explaining the dynamic interactions between police and citizens within the context of police detention.  The article entitled ‘Procedural justice as a reward to the compliant: an ethnography of police–citizen interaction in police custody’ considers the role of fairness and procedural justice in police engagement with detainees in police custody.  The article can be found here:

Centre Researcher Leads on Arrest for the Murder of Joshua Harmon

Zack Kowalske, one of our PhD researchers who is a serving detective and forensic scientist in Georgia (USA), recently brought a child murder case to resolution with the arrest of a suspect through the use of DNA.  Zack had been working on this case for the past few years and this week was able to secure arrest warrants for the suspect, James Coates in the 1988 murder of 8 year-old Joshua Harmon.   Find the story here and the press conference here. 


NEW PARTNERSHIP: The Wildlife Forensic Academy

The Wildlife Forensic Academy is the world’s first of its kind for the mobilisation of wildlife forensic knowledge and expertise. The Academy delivers courses to professionals in the field of conservation and study abroad programs for international students. The Academy is based one hour from Cape Town at Buffelsfontein Nature and Game Reserve, South Africa. In the experience laboratory students are taught about wildlife crime, poaching, trade and trafficking, the dangers of zoonoses, the extinction of wildlife and the role of Forensic Science. Through the mobilisation of forensic knowledge, we aim to deliver our contribution to stop wildlife crime and bring poachers to justice. Our new partnership will:

  • Share research and practice through Wildlife Forensic Academy collaborators
  • Share opportunities to exploit research funding calls
  • Promote and develop new training initiatives for students (all levels) within the Wildlife Forensic Academy incl. placement opportunities, research internships and participation in courses
  • Identify other areas of potential collaboration, for example through activities and work undertaken by the Centre for Crime, Justice and Security, including but not limited to consultancy, quality standards work, enterprise activities and combined bids for funding


NEW ARTICLE PUBLICATION: Authored by Christopher Morris, a lecturer at Staffordshire University. Click the image below to read more!


Poly-char 2021 Virtual Conference

Prof Claire Gwinnett delivered a plenary presentation at this year’s Poly-char 2021 virtual conference (POLY-CHAR 2020 [VENICE] – Homepage | POLY-CHAR 2020 [VENICE]) .  Poly-char is the international polymer characterization forum which focusses on international collaboration, on the promotion of young scientists and on fostering a collegial research environment. The forum has the tradition of empowering young scientists, motivating them towards a future in polymer science. The main aim of the conference was to promote international collaborations, inspire a new generation of polymer scientists and address global challenges by encouraging modern multidisciplinary science and technology. Prof Gwinnett delivered a session entitled ‘Polymer Analysis in Forensic Science: Answering the ‘Who?’, ‘What?’, ‘Where?’, ‘When?’ and ‘How?’ of a Crime’.  For the presentation synopsis, please see here.


Rachel Bolton-King’s Winston Churchill Memorial Report

Rachel’s project involves meeting with and shadowing law enforcement agencies, forensic scientists, lawyers, Government officials and researchers to learn how existing and emerging technologies are used to detect, investigate, track, trace, solve, prevent and reduce gun crime in South Africa, USA (California) and France.

The aim of this research is to determine which technologies and/or best practices work best, and which could be applied in the UK to further enhance the work we already do.


NEW ARTICLE PUBLICATION: Authored by Luke Telford. Click the image below to read more!

TWO NEW ARTICLE PUBLICATIONS: Authored by Leanne Savigar-Shaw, the Centre Theme Lead for Evidence-based Policing. Click the images below to read more!


NEW ARTICLE PUBLICATION: Co-authored by Dr Luke Telford, member of the Centre for Crime, Justice and Security. Read more by clicking the image below!


Episode 3 of CrimeTapes is now available. Professor James Treadwell, a Centre theme lead, and Hannah Bennett, a PhD Researcher and member of the Centre, discuss prisons and imprisonment, and the ongoing struggles of policing radicalisation versus rehabilitation post-conviction.