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Dr Wendy Fitzgibbon has been elected to head the British Society of Criminology South East branch

Wendy will be running monthly events at the London School of Economics at what is an important regular gathering of eminent criminologists.  Recent events have featured the work of internationally known criminologist such as Professor James Sheptycki (York University, Toronto) on ‘Global Policing’  and Dr Dave Scott (University of Central Lancashire) ‘From Penal Hell and Back Again’ . A new program devised by Wendy will start by September.  Dr Wendy Fitzgibbon is the course leader for the Masters in Criminology



New report - Organised Crime in the Digital Age

The John Grieve Centre for Policing and Community Safety and Dr Mike McGuire published a report  for BAE Systems Detica entitled ‘ Organised Crime in the Digital Age’ . The report examines the nature of criminal organisation in the digital domain, the types of crime being committed and how digital technologies are being deployed, in order to aid the development of new policy and operational responses to tackling digital crime argues that at least 80 per cent of all digital crime committed now originates from organised crime groups.  It maps the evolving organisation of criminal groups on the Internet and proposes new typologies of how they are organised. The report has been produced in conjunction with law enforcement and has been used in both security and policy circles.




Dr Tim Parsons the Lead Consultant on Community Policing and Prevention of Terrorism

Dr Tim Parsons has been successful in his bid to be the Lead Consultant on Community Policing and Prevention of Terrorism. He will be the principle author of a guidebook for This joint project of the OSCE Secretariat Transnational Threats (TNT) Department and the OSCE ODIHR envisages the publication of a guidebook on “Preventing Terrorism and Countering Violent Extremism and Radicalization that Lead to Terrorism: a Community Policing Approach”. The purpose of the guidebook is to provide guidance, primarily to policy makers, police authorities and community-based civil society, on how community policing can be leveraged, as part of an effective human rights compliant, gender sensitive and mult-disciplinary approach for the purposes of preventing terrorism. The guidebook will be published in English and Russian, online and in hard copies.

Dr Tim Parsons teaches on the Professional Doctorate in Policing, Security and Community Safety and is the Course leader for Criminology and community policing. /depts/fssh/applied-social-sciences/research/jgc/courses.cfm

John Grieve Centre/Criminology contribute to NATO courses in Turkey

In February Dr Nick Ridley of Criminology delivered lectures on two courses in the NATO Centre of Excellence-Defence against Terrorism in Ankara, Turkey. The courses facilitated by the Turkish Army were those of Legal Aspects in Combating Terrorism and Terrorist Financing.

The participants were from military forces and security agencies of several NATO countries and also Serbia, Kyrgyzstan, Qatar, and Nigeria.

This was the eighth course at the NATO Centre over the past 5 years at which the John Grieve Centre/Criminology lectured.

London Metropolitan University is one of only two UK universities that have lectured on these courses.

Prof Simon Hallsworth’s Work on the Riots Is Profiled by the Guardian

The UK's leading expert on gangs says the official inquiry into what caused the summer riots is woefully inadequate.

To access the article click here

Prof Simon Hallsworth teaches on the undergraduate degree in Criminology.


Dr Tim Parsons Delivers Workshops at an International Conference

From the 26-27th of January, Dr Tim Parsons is delivering workshops and presenting at an international community policing conference. The conference organised by the OSCE is discussing the Preventing of Terrorism and Countering Violent Extremism and Radicalization that leads to Terrorism; A community Policing Approach in Warsaw. Tim is one of a number of speakers including participants from Amnesty International and Birmingham University.

Tim teaches on the undergraduate degree in Policing and Criminal Justice Studies as well as the Professional Doctorate in Policing, Security and Community Safety


New Publications

Dr Daniel Silverstone who teaches on the undergraduate degree in criminology at London Met has published two pieces which explore cannabis use and cultivation. The first published with Dr Francis Pakes in the International Journal of Law, Crime and Justice is called- “Cannabis in the global market: a comparison between the UK and the Netherlands”.

This article explores the tension between the legislative rigidity of global prohibitionist control regimes and a hedonistic and transgressive popular culture in the UK and the Netherlands. Secondly, it reflects on the divergent acts of national governance. Thus the article explores how the process of globalisation has changed the contours of regulation regarding cannabis and reviews the ways in which two European states with very different approaches try to square the circle and regulate and control the use and supply of cannabis in a global market. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1756061611000838

Secondly, he has reviewed Decorts,T. Potter,G. and Bouchard,M. (20011) World Wide Weed ; Global Trends in Cannabis Cultivation and its Control in the latest issue of Global Crime. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/17440572.2011.645287

Criminology Joins with Illinois University on Terrorist Financing

Dr Nick Ridley of John Grieve Centre/Criminology, and Assistant Professor Dean Alexander of Criminal Justice Studies, Western Illinois University, USA have combined to make an assessment of the post 9/11 international legislation and measures countering terrorist financing. Published in vol 15 Journal of Money Laundering Control 2011 (Institute of Advanced Legal Studies London and Emerald Publishing), the lengthy article assesses the large amount of legislative measures and agreements and the lessons learned through their attempted implementation.

John Grieve Centre/Criminology -Intelligence and Terrorism in Turkey

In December Dr Nick Ridley of Criminology delivered a lecturing input at the NATO Centre of Excellence-Defence against Terrorism in Ankara, Turkey. The workshop was facilitated by the Turkish Army and concerned Intelligence Sharing against Terrorism. Nick delivered lectures on financing of terrorism to participants from military forces and security agencies of USA, Russia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Romania, Italy, France, Poland and Ukraine. Other academic institutions giving lectures included lecturers from Tufts University (USA), Istanbul University (Turkey) and Skopje University Macedonia.

Prof Simon Hallsworth and Tara Young Continue their Expose of ‘Gang Talkers'

As commentators who have been critical from the outset of attempts to reduce the problem of urban violence to a problem of gangs, Simon and Tara have extended their argument to address issues of culture in order situate the role of race within ‘on road life’. In the report they argue whilst they recognize the reality of black involvement ‘on road’, the violence needs to be placed into the context of contemporary violence perpetrated by white males too.

The report can be accessed here


Tara Young and Prof Simon Hallsworth teach on the Masters in Criminology


Tim Parsons Speaks at International Conferences

This autumn Tim Parsons (Senior Lecturer in Policing and Criminology) was invited to attend and speak at two security conferences focused on the threat posed by terrorism. The first held in Brussels during September and funded by the EU was part of a research project being conducted by the University of Birmingham to consider the use of detection technologies in the fight against terrorism. This was a closed conference attended by academics and law-enforcement professionals.

The second conference in October was held in Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan. This conference, hosted by the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) was convened to consider what community policing tools could be used to counter violent extremism and radicalisation that lead to terrorism. The conference was attended by academics, diplomats and law enforcement officers from the USA, Kyrgzstan, Russia, the UK and neighbouring Central Asian republics.

During the autumn Tim was also asked by the Equality and Human Rights Commission to assist them with their ongoing review into UK Government compliance with the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR).

Staff from the John Grieve Centre in Conjunction with the China Media Centre at University of Westminster Recently Delivered a Press and Public Relations Course for Senior Chinese Police Officers.

Senior Public relations officials from throughout China attended the course which was hosted by Tim Parsons. Tim Parsons drawing on his experience as a senior press officer for City of London Police Service provided a diverse list of speakers from the fields of Media relations and policing. The speakers varied from Lance Price to Dr Bob Lambert. The participants were introduced to how an open press works and had practical demonstrations of media interaction provided by the University of Westminster and visits to UK police stations arranged by Tim. Overall, the course provided an opportunity for cross cultural exchange and will hopefully lead to future constructive engagement.

Tim Parsons teaches on the Professional Doctorate in policing , security and community safety.



Dr. Wendy Fitzgibbon Will Address the London Probation Area on Monday 5th December

Dr. Fitzgibbon will explore the themes within her latest book and her research findings having interviewed many practitioners involved in public and child protection. The seminar is the second in the new London Probation Area Series with the aim to increase practitioners knowledge of recent research related to probation work and improve practice. 

Dr. Fitzgibbon is herself a former probation officer and practice teacher. She worked for London and Hertfordshire Probation areas for many years before becoming a full time academic. At first teaching the Probation Studies degree she then moved into teaching on courses on the MA Public Protection, BSc /MSc Criminology, MA Social work and various short courses in risk etc. She is currently Senior Lecturer in Criminology at London Metropolitan University and the Programme Leader for their MSc in Criminology.

She has published widely in academic and practice journals in the areas of mental health, risk assessment, penology and probation. She has written two books; her first a monograph entitled

Probation and Social Work: Violent Offenders and Child Abusers was published by Palgrave Macmillan. Her talk to the London Probation Area on Monday 5th December will explore the themes within her latest book and her research findings having interviewed many practitioners involved in public and child protection.

John Grieve Centre and Criminology Go Dutch

Dr Nick Ridley of the John Grieve Centre/Criminology in November gave, a third stream lecturing input to the Security Course at The Hague, Netherlands at the Den Haag Hogeschool (university).This forms part of a two phase lecturing programme by Nick in the terrorist component of the course. Other lecturers giving an` input into the course include Professor Max Taylor of St Andrews University, UK and Professor Damien Zaitch of Erasmus University, Netherlands. Den Haag Hogeschool has 21,000 students, originating from 135 different nationalities.

Rwanda News

Dr Nick Ridley Returns to Rwanda

Rwanda has been and continues to be, one of the biggest recipients of British development aid. The country is making great strides away from its terrible past to become a leading example of good governance within the central African region.

Last year Dr Nick Ridley and Tim Parsons went to Rwanda to deliver courses on Community Policing and Training the Trainer to the Rwandan National Police funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. This year Dr Nick Ridley was invited to return to deliver a series of courses on Sustainable Intelligence funded by the Belgium Development Agency. He will be accompanied by other staff from the John Grieve Centre and the Criminology department including Dr Daniel Silverstone and Tim Parsons.

This training course was delivered in the National Policing Academy in Musanze (formerly Ruthengeri) and was well received. The male and female students in Rwanda display a work ethic and application working in English (their third language) that would put some of our British students to shame! During the visit, Dr Ridley met the Inspector General for Rwandan Police who expressed his commitment to working together and his aspiration for the Rwanda Police service to ultimately become self sufficient. In the meantime, London Met staff continues to enjoy their relationship with the Rwandan National Police working to improve policing standards and procedures.

Dr Nick Ridley is the course leader for the Professional Doctorate for Policing, Security and Community Safety.

The Future of Stop and Search Police Powers

While Police Stop and Search powers are largely viewed as a necessary crime-fighting tool by the police, the exercise of such powers remains contested and controversial.

On 14 September 2011, a London Metropolitan University conference on ‘The Future of Stop and Search’ will bring together police and community stakeholders to debate the future of the practice.

Organised jointly by the National Policing Improvement Agency and the Centre for Social and Evaluation Research at London Met, the conference will provide a platform for debate on whether Stop and Search powers can:

•    Be exercised in ways that are intelligence-led and mark an effective use of police resources;

•    Command the support of the policed community;

•    Be exercised in ways that are fair and proportionate.

Professor Simon Hallsworth, the Director of the Centre for Social and Evaluation Research (within the London Met Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities) is one of the conference speakers and organisers.

He said: “This conference comes at a crucial time for the police service and for communities.

"The recent riots across the UK have again highlighted the often fraught relationships between police and young people. Stop and Search powers are a crucial element in this relationship, and must be analysed.”

Other speakers include: Professor Kevin Stenson, Professor of Criminology at London Met; Chief Constable Craig Mackay, Policy Lead - Race Equality (Stop and Search), Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO); Superintendent Victor Olisa, Operational Stop and Search Lead for the Metropolitan Police Service; and Kam Gill, Runnymede Research and Policy analyst and Stopwatch member.

The Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities offers a range of courses in sociology and criminology, including BSc Sociology, BA Criminology and Sociology, BA Criminology and Psychology, and an MSc in Criminology.

Conference details:

The Future of Stop and Search:
Wednesday 14 September 2011
Toynbee Hall
28 Commercial Street,
London E1 6LS

Registration: 9.30-10.00am
Time: 10.00am-4.30pm

This event is FREE

Please notify Zoe Ball, research consultant at The Social Innovation Partnership (TSIP) by email if you wish to attend: zoe.ball@tsip.co.uk

For more information:

Professor Simon Hallsworth
Director, Centre for Social Evaluation and Research
London Metropolitan University

8 September 2011

London Met’s Criminology department has won funding from the Airey Neave Trust for a third time – a feat never before achieved by a University.

The funding was won by Dr Nick Ridley, who lectures in Policing and Security in the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities.

Nick, who is responsible for winning the two previous grants as well as the third, has been awarded the Research Fellowship Grant to carry out a study on how terrorism is funded.

He said: “This is an extremely pertinent and practical topic and I’m delighted that we’ve won this grant in order to carry out such important research."

The Airey Neave Trust supports research projects with an emphasis on combating terrorism.  It also supports refugees of state terrorism living in the UK by making grants available to them to gain professional qualifications.

The Trust was set up in memory of Airey Neave, the barrister and politician who was assassinated by the NILA in 1979. It seeks to award funding to work which supports Airey’s two great passions in life: Freedom and the Law.  

Dr Ridley’s success is testament to the quality of the research, teaching and professionalism that takes place in the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, as well as London Metropolitan University in general.

Nick, who also works at the John Grieve Centre for Policing & Community Safety, was an intelligence analyst for London Metropolitan Police Service before joining the University, and is an expert in criminal financing and funding terrorism. 

9 August 2011

New Journal Article from Daniel Silverstone on Chinese Organised Crime

Dr Daniel Silverstone, who teaches across the Criminology subject area in the faculty on undergraduate and postgraduate courses, has had a journal article published in Global Crime.

The article revisits the continued existence of organised crime within the Chinese community, with particular reference to snakeheads and the trafficking or smuggling of illegal migrants. It begins by exploring the history of Chinese organised crime within the United Kingdom and situates its continued existence within an ever more diverse 'Chinese community'.

It then explores the mechanisms, which enable illegal migrants to obtain criminal employment and discusses the motivations of those involved.

For more information and activities of staff in criminology subject area, see the subject area page

Nick Ridley Contributes to Gulf Human Resources Publication 

Dr Nick Ridley - course leader for the Professional Doctorate in Policing, Security and Community Safety - has recently contributed a chapter on law enforcement and the resource implications involved in combating money laundering and terrorism.

The chapter is in a new publication entitled 'Human Resources and Developments in the Arabian Gulf' published by the Emirates Centre for Strategic Studies and Research in Abu Dhabi, UAE.  The volume assesses the current and future problems in the Gulf region in terms of demography, education, international trade, law and order and security. 

Dr Ridley has also recently published an occasional paper for the Emirates Centre for Strategic Studies and Research on the financing of terrorism.



Statement on the Riots in London and Other UK Cities 

By Timothy Parsons, Senior Lecturer in Policing and Criminology
And Dr Daniel Silversone, Principal Lecturer in Criminology,
of the John Grieve Centre for Policing and Community Safety,
within the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities

Riots and looting taking place in various central London boroughs and other UK city centres over recent days present a major challenge for politicians and senior police officers. It is disappointing to see that some politicians have reverted to type and sought to use these events as a platform for criticising necessary government spending cuts in social programmes and police budgets. It is equally disappointing to see that some prominent politicians have already lost their heads, calling for the police use of water cannon, baton rounds and even the deployment of troops on London streets to deal with the rioters.

This disorder will, within a few days both literally and metaphorically; burn itself out. That will be the point at which cool heads at both the Home office and the MPS consider what lessons can be learnt for the future. Criticisms of police public order tactics by both press and politicians in the wake of the G20 protests in 2009, and the later student protests in 2010, now begin to look misjudged. On those occasions police use of cordons to contain violent protest, (referred to as “kettling”) were described by some as heavy-handed and an abuse of human rights. Such tactics now look moderate in the face of widespread public calls for more robust policing and better protection for communities, from violence and lawlessness.

Similarly for rank and file officers the threat of being filmed or photographed using a baton to defend themselves, followed later by the threat of suspension from duty and possible prosecution for assault, will restrain the actions of many individual officers uncertain of what protection they are now afforded by both the law, and their political masters. Whilst the tactics described in the ACPO public order manual will not have changed substantially, the attitude of the officers on the ground most certainly will.

Politicians of all parties will have to abandon their populist rhetoric and engage in a hard-headed debate about the pernicious consequences of the poorly drafted Human Rights Act 1998 on public trust and confidence in the efficacy and utility of the criminal justice system, and the ability of the police service to discharge their primary duty: the protection of life and property.

Tuesday 9 August, 2011

Dan Silverstone: d.silverstone@londonmet.ac.uk
Tim Parsons: t.parsons@londonmet.ac.uk

For more on the John Grieve Centre, see here.
For more on the work of Daniel Silversone, see here, and for Tim Parsons, see here.

Faculty of Social Science and Humanities Teaching in Central Africa

In November to December in a new initiative, on behalf of Faculty of Applied Social Sciences, Dr Dan Silverstone, Tim Parsons and Dr Nick Ridley delivered an intense six weeks course to middle and senior rank police officers from Rwanda and Burundi at Kigali Police headquarters Rwanda.

The course was in Police Studies and component parts included Intelligence Analysis, Basic Financial Investigation, Hate Crime, Training Police Trainers and a concentrated element in Community Policing.

Faculty of Social Science and Humanities Returns to Turkey

In May 2010 the John Grieve Centre gave a lecturing input into the course organised by the Turkish Army NATO Centre of Excellence-Defence against Terrorism, Ankara. The course was 'Combating Terrorism" and the participants were police and military personnel from Turkey, Iraq, Saudi Arabia UAE, Georgia, Switzerland and Serbia.

Faculty of Social Science and Financial Intelligence in Montenegro

In February 2010 DASS through the John Grieve Centre, gave a week of training for to police officers and financial regulators from Serbia and Montenegro. The course was held in Petrovac, Montenegro and was carried out under the auspices of the United Nations Development Programme.

Applications are invited and are currently being accepted for the OCTOBER 2011 INTAKE of the Professional Doctorate in Policing, Security and Community Safety course. If you are interested in enrolling in this course please get in touch with Dr Nick Ridley

Faculty of social Science and Humanities Training to Jordanian Authorities.

In January 2010 DASS, through the John Grieve Centre gave a training input with the NATO Centre of Excellence - Defence against Terrorism, Ankara. Dr Nick Ridley, together with academics from Sam Houston State University of Texas, Turkish universities and specialists form the Turkish Army delivered an anti terrorist training programme in Amman, Jordan.

The participants were representatives of the Jordanian Army and police, Algerian police and Azerbaijan army. Dr Nick Ridley gave training sessions on anti terrorist financing.

Faculty of Social Science and Humanities Again at University of Teramo

In October 2009 Nick Ridley gave a series of lectures on behalf of JGC
DASS to students on the International Master's course in Transnational
Financial Organised Crime at the University of Teramo Italy. The
lecturing sessions concerned financing of terrorism. The course intake
included students from Italy, Mexico, Iraq, Kosovo, and Canada.

JGC DASS and Community Policing Workshop

The John Grieve Centre gave a lecturing input into the Workshop on Community Impact Assessments at Chartridge Conference Centre, Bucks to participants from Thames Valley Police. The workshop was facilitated by the University of Cumbria, chaired by Professor John Grieve, with a lecture input from Dr Nick Ridley. Professor MacVean of Cumbria University provided an informative overview of Community Impacts and differing perceptions by law enforcement of the community. A keynote speech was given to all participants by the Chief Constable of Thames Valley, Sara Thornton.

Faculty of Social Science and Humanities Part of University Delegation to the United Arab Emirates

The John Grieve Centre DASS formed part of the London Metropolitan University delegation in the United Arab Emirates 29 July to 5 June. Working visits and liaison talks were made with the principal higher education establishments and universities in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharajah, and with the Abu Dhabi Police regarding specialist courses and research.

Faculty of Social Science and Humanities Again to Turkey

The John Grieve Centre DASS was part of the lecturing team conducting the Turkish Army course, Legal Aspects in anti Terrorism, giving lectures on terrorist financing in February 2009 in Ankara (Turkey). The workshop was organised by the Centre of Excellence Defence Against Terrorism.
The workshop was hosted by the Turkish Army, and had a wide range of students, including military representatives from Pakistan, Afghanistan, Senegal, Croatia Serbia, Austria, Germany, and Slovakia. A keynote address was given by Professor Ozen from the Faculty of Political Science Istanbul University.

Faculty of Social Science and Humanities Returns to Turkey - Anti Terrorist Financing

The John Grieve Centre DASS was part of the lecturing team conducting the Turkish Police Financing of Terrorism Workshop between 19 to 25 Janaury 2009 
in Ankara (Turkey). The workshop was organised by the Centre of Excellence Defence Against Terrorism.
The workshop was hosted by the Turkish police, attended by police officers and armed forces from Turkey and, law enforcement and academics from the NATO, UK, Canada, Gulf countries, Germany, Netherlands, Romania, and Macedonia.

Faculty of Social Science and Humanities and Understanding Islam

On 8-10 December 2008 the John Grieve Centre delivered at the annual UNDERSTANDING ISLAM international symposium held at the UK Cranfield Defence Academy.
The participants were representatives of differing religions, UK social services ,UK law enforcement and study groups for social integration. The speakers covered topics such as the question of Sharia law within the British legal system, Islamic societal integration, potential alienation of differing social groups within the UK, and radicalisation and potential terrorism. Dr Nick Ridley of the John Grieve Centre DASS delivered a paper on the economic factors and financing of terrorism.

Faculty of Social Science and Humanities on Terrorist Financing in Switzerland

In late November 2008 Dr Nick Ridley of the John Grieve Centre DASS attended a closed international symposium on the financing of terrorism in Berne Switzerland. The event was organised by ISSN Foundation Zurich and was part of the ongoing Airey Neave Trust events in anti terrorist financing. Representatives were present from foreign embassies in Berne, international law enforcement, international and Swiss banking institutions. Dr Ridley was part of a panel of experts holding a plenary session on international ant terrorist co-operation.