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Leading criminologist to head new institute

27 March 2007

An international expert in the field of criminology has been appointed to lead the first institute in England and Wales dedicated to addressing issues facing modern police forces.

Professor Martin Innes, a criminologist whose research expertise includes police homicide investigations, police intelligence systems and counter-terrorism policing will join Cardiff University as the first Director of the Universities Police Science Institute.

The Institute is a unique collaboration between the University, South Wales Police, and the University of Glamorgan with the aim of increasing professionalism in the police service, integrating police research, policy and operations.

Professor Innes comes to Cardiff from the University of Surrey where he was Senior Lecturer in Sociology. He also works nationally and internationally on issues connected with Reassurance and Neighbourhood Policing strategies and he is recognised as one of the principal architects of the government’s current national Neighbourhood Policing Programme.

Professor Innes has previously conducted research for the Home Office, the Association of Chief Police Officers and has acted in an advisory capacity to senior politicians. He is an experienced media commentator and is regularly invited by national media outlets to comment on current news stories concerning policing and the criminal justice system.

Professor Innes said: "At a time when the police are facing increasing demands to provide enhanced levels of security at both the national and neighbourhood levels, the research and training provided by the Universities Police Science Institute will be of immense value. By ensuring that officers are trained to the highest level and that their work is informed by the best research evidence available, the Police Science Institute will help to build a police service fit for the challenges of the 21st Century.

"The Institute already has a number of ground-breaking research projects underway, including: the development of a methodology for measuring the impact of critical incident homicides on community reassurance; work on police intelligence systems and the role of community intelligence; and the ‘science’ of police patrol. Through projects such as these and others we have planned, we are committed to ensuring that the work of the Universities Police Science Institute leads the debate about reforming the delivery of policing services."