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Professor Martin Innes

Professor Martin Innes

Director, Crime and Security Research Institute and Director, Universities' Police Science Institute

School of Social Sciences

Media commentator

Martin Innes is Director of the Crime and Security Research Institute (, the Universities' Police Science Institute (, and a Professor in the School of Social Sciences.

He has achieved international renown for his work on counter-terrorism, police murder investigations and Neighbourhood Policing. Innes' work has been influential across the academic, policy and practitioner communities, impacting directly on government policy in respect of Neighbourhood Policing and the Prevent Strategy.

His books include Signal Crimes (OUP, 2014) and Investigating Murder (OUP, 2003) and he has written for the Guardian and Prospect Magazine.

His current studies include: leading the OSCAR (Open Source Communications Analytics Research) programme looking at how social media and big data technologies are impacting upon the investigative, intelligence and engagement functions of policing; several projects on counter-terrorism; and work on behavioural crime prevention communications.

  • 2007 - Professor and Director, Universities$acirc;   Police Science Institute, Cardiff University
  • 2004 - 2006:  Senior Lecturer in Sociology, University of Surrey
  • 2003 - 2005: Head of Research, National Reassurance Policing Programme
  • 1998 - 2004: Lecturer in Sociology, University of Surrey

















Martin Innes is a Professor in the School of Social Sciences. He is Director of the Universities' Police Science Institute (

Innes is recognised as one of the world's leading authorities on policing and social control, and is an expert on:

  • Community policing;
  • Police murder investigations;
  • The police role in counter-terrorism.

He has published two books and over fifty scholarly articles and papers. In addition, he is an occasional contributor to Prospect Magazine and the Guardian Newspaper. Since 2004 he has been Editor of the journal Policing and Society published by Routledge.

Innes is particularly famous for the research studies he has conducted in the following areas:

  • Designing the key processes and systems associated with Reassurance and Neighbourhood Policing;
  • The Signal Crimes Perspective;
  • 'Prevent' policing;
  • Repeat and vulnerable victims of anti-social behaviour;
  • Homicide investigations.

He has been commissioned by and advised a large number of national and international policing organisations. Recently this has included:

  • Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary;
  • The Dutch Home Government;
  • Australian Federal Police;
  • National inspection of the policing of anti-social behaviour;
  • Welsh Government;
  • The UK Cabinet Office;
  • The Association of Chief Police Officers.