David joined the University of Portsmouth as a lecturer in the PEQF team. He was previously a police officer for 30 years, serving with Hampshire Constabulary and ACPO(TAM).
David studied Human Geography at Loughborough University before joining Hampshire Constabulary in 1989. He experienced life as a detective, Response Sergeant, Control Room Sergeant, Custody Sergeant, Neighbourhood Sergeant and Neighbourhood Inspector. His use of community engagement and crime prevention tactics led to awards including nominations for international problem-oriented policing awards.
David was seconded to the National Prevent Delivery Unit for 5 years, leading on the prevention of terrorism in schools, colleges and universities. He wrote national guidance and developed educational resources as well as assisting international law enforcement after terrorism incidents. His work in the aftermath of Fuselier Lee Rigby’s murder led to the Prevent Duty within the Counter Terrorism & Security Act (2015).
As Hampshire Constabulary Prevent lead, David worked on a series of terrorism incidents, utilising engagement and problem-solving tactics to prevent radicalisation.
On retirement from the police, David studied for a Masters in Criminal Psychology, focusing on the radicalisation processes of those drawn towards far-right terrorism. He spent a year as a Home Office Counter-Extremism Coordinator, creating resources relating to hate crime, extremism and knife crime before becoming a Lecturer in Policing.
David is responsible for modules on criminology; communities, intelligence & information; and community policing.
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