I am in my 21st year in the University having joined from the probation service. I was head of the Institute for a number of years before leaving to become Director of Community Justice until September 2012. My research and publication interests centre on the concept of dangerousness and protecting the public from serious harm. I work closely with key agencies such as police, probation and prison services and with a colleague have for a number of years helped deliver multi agency public protection training. I am very interested in how organisational culture and working practices are shaped by the public protection agenda and in particular the fusion of roles between the police and probation services. I am presently working on projects relating to public protection with the South Korean Ministry of Justice and with a number of prisons concerning their working relationships with the police service. I am also currently researching the nature and purpose of home visits in criminal justice with a particular focus on the decline in probation officer visits and increase in police officer sex offender visits. I have published a number of journal articles and books on wider public protection issues.

Research Interests

  • Multi-Agency Conferencing of Potentially Dangerous Offenders
  • Organisational Culture within the Criminal Justice Sector (current)

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