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Undercover Controversies in UK Policing

Undercover Controversies in UK Policing



Tuesday 10th December 2019, 1800-2000

Room 104-Elvin Hall, UCL Institute of Education, University College London, Bedford Way (20), London, WC1H 0AL

The UCL Jill Dando Institute for Global City Policing and Canterbury Centre for Policing Research at Canterbury Christ Church University are pleased to announce the start of a joint seminar series. This exciting series will explore what current scientific research and evidence have to say about policing in the UK.


In the UK, many policing activities are considered to be controversial. For example, there has been much recent public discourse about current policies and the legitimacy of high-profile policing activities such as stop and search, live facial recognition and use of the London gang's matrix to surface risk and prevent crime. However, many other policing activities have received much less attention. These activities are equally controversial and, in a democratic society, should be part of the wider public conversation about policing in the UK.

In this seminar, from both an academic and practical perspective, leading researchers in the field provide a critical reflection on three less obvious areas of policing such as domestic abuse, fatal police shootings and undercover operations. The seminar will discuss four broad questions: what do the police do in these controversial areas? How well do they do it? How can it be improved? And how do these activities become part of the public discourse?

Speakers and Presentations

Andy Myhill - Violence in, violence out? Issues with 'big data’ on domestic abuse.

Nick Francis - Police use of force: A contextual study of 'suicide by cop’ within the British policing paradigm.

Paul McFarlane - Long-term community undercover operations: Are they effective?


To register for this seminar, please click here






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