Frank Dawtry Annual Memorial Lecture 2019 – Will Linden, Acting Director of the Scottish Violence Reduction Unit @ University of Leeds, Law School
Apr 30 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm


In a context of concern over knife crime, Will Linden, Acting Director of the Scottish Violence Reduction Unit, will speak about the ground- breaking work of the unit in tackling violence.

Respondent: Andy Peaden, Head of Leeds Youth Offending Service.

About the Speaker

Will Linden has been with Police Scotland for more than 13 years. Since being appointed to the Violence Reduction Unit in March 2005 he has been involved in a number of projects including the development of the Homicide/Deaths Database and CIRV (Community Initiative to Reduce Violence), Injury Surveillance, Mentors in Violence Prevention, Employability/Desistence programmes and has provided much of the research and strategy development in support of the Violence Reduction Strategy for Scotland.

Will specialises in behavioural and geographic analysis of violence and received a number of awards from the Association for Geographic Information (AGI) and the National Police Improvement Agency (NPIA), for his work. Will has promoted the work of the VRU and his research at both a national and international level.

Location Details


School of Law
Liberty Building
University of Leeds

For sat navs, please use the postcode for Moorland Road, LS6 1AN.

The Liberty Building can also be found on the campus map.

All welcome. This is a free event, though registration is required via Eventbrite.

Empowering Data Specialists in Policing 2019: Module 1 @ Training Room 1 (TR.1) Meadows teaching rooms
May 24 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Setting the Scene: From Analysis to Data Science, (Re) Defining the role of Police Data Specialist is the first event in the Empowering Data Specialists in Policing 2019 programme.

Find out more about this exciting programme for police data specialists, including how to register for the programme, here.

N8 Policing Research Partnership Summer School 2019: Celebrating Research and its Impact on Policing @ Lancaster University
Jun 4 @ 12:00 pm – Jun 5 @ 2:00 pm

We are delighted to announce a two-day summer school celebrating and disseminating the research, and its impact on policy and practice, generated through the N8 Policing Research Partnership Small Grants, PhD scholarships and associated PhD projects.

The summer school will include presentations on:

  • Mapping and Identifying Modern Slavery Vehicular Activity: proof of concept
  • Policing Responses to Coercive Control
  • The Manipulative Presentation Techniques of Controlling and Coercive Offenders
  • Policing Vulnerability: Evaluating the Sex Work Liaison Officer Role in West Yorkshire Police
  • Exploring Novel Psychoactive Substance Use and its Consequences for Policing Practitioners and Substance Users in North East England
  • Innovations in Policing Domestic Abuse – Understanding Successes to Build Capacity
  • Regulation and Policing of Illicit Drugs at Music Festivals
  • Multi-agency Working and Policing

with time for questions, discussion and networking.

The summer school will run from lunch on Tuesday 4 June 2019 to early afternoon Wednesday 5 June 2019, at Lancaster University, Lancaster, UK. Attendance is free of charge, but registration is necessary. Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Further information on the small grants, including final reports for the completed project can be found here

Information on PhD research can be found here

For further details about the summer school, contact: Dr Jude Towers, N8 PRP Training and Learning strand lead at

Please note that registration includes entrance to the conference and lunch and refreshments on Tuesday and Wednesday 4-5 June 2019, but does not include overnight accommodation.

To register for this event, please complete the below form:

Terms & Conditions

By registering you will be added to the delegate list and places are offered on a first come basis. Places will be confirmed and details of the summer school (programme, room details etc) will be sent no later than May 1st 2019. On confirmation, if you no longer require a place please cancel as soon as possible. The event is free to attend but there may be a charge made for no-shows on the day.

Crime Prevention and Detection Tech-tics: Responses from Technology-Enabled Policing (Knowledge Exchange Conference) @ Middleton Lodge
Jun 6 @ 9:30 am – 4:15 pm

This conference aims to bring together academics and policing partners with an interest in how digital technologies can be used in innovative ways to detect and prevent crime. The day will include a range of talks and workshops led by key stakeholders within the field, to showcase leading operational practice and academic thought in this important area of policing.

The full conference programme will be available soon, confirmed key speakers:

Neil Preston (Head of Communications and Engagement Department, Northumbria Police) – ‘The evolution of communications and engagement within Northumbria Police’. The talk will focus on how Northumbria has pushed the boundaries in using social media (including the use of humour) and how digital technologies are used to encourage digital public contact.

Dave Sampson (Detective Constable in the Digital Investigations and Intelligence Unit, Durham Constabulary) – ‘Police Internet, Intelligence and investigation Management – An overview’.  This presentation will include a demonstration of an open source evidential capture product.

Darknet drug markets: in search of the bad guys @ The Auditorium, The Storey
Jun 6 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

While we have witnessed some important changes in dominant political and policy discourses around drug users in recent decades – as evidenced for example in the growth of harm reduction approaches – the myths, stereotypes and moral condemnation of drug suppliers have remained mostly unchallenged.

Cryptomarkets – aka ‘darknet’ drug markets – are online but ‘hidden’ marketplaces that allow drug sellers and buyers to transact anonymously yet in plain sight of law enforcement. To the extent that drug cryptomarkets are designed – and actually function – as self-regulating eco-systems, we are, arguably, encouraged to revisit policies and practices that cast drug supply activity as morally reprehensible and exclusively harm-producing; indeed, the eradicable cause of the ‘drug problem’.

In this lecture, Professor Aldridge evaluates the relative harms and benefits of the online drug trade compared to traditional offline drug buying and selling. She explains why criminologists and policy makers should pay attention to cryptomarkets as an important criminal innovation.

Doors open at 6pm for tea and coffee, and the talk begins at 6.30pm with the opportunity to ask questions afterwards.

About Professor Aldridge

Professor Judith Aldridge is Professor of Criminology in the School of Law at the University of Manchester. Her research is focused on drug markets, policy and use. Over the last five years she has pioneered research in the area of ‘virtual drug markets’, culminating in the first publication connected to drug sales on ‘Silk Road’.

She co-edited a special issue of the International Journal of Drug Policy. In connection to this work, she has acted in advisory/expert capacity to agencies including the Pompidou Group of the Council of Europe, the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Abuse (EMCDDA), and the European Commission.

Modernising Criminal Justice conference 2019 (external event) @ QEII
Jun 11 all-day

Towards a Justice System for the Digital Age

Taking place on 11th June 2019 at the QEII London, Modernising Criminal Justice will bring together 500+ Policy Leaders, Justice Professionals and Government Officials to share their insights and strategies for driving transformation in criminal justice forward.

Event Overview

The Modernising Criminal Justice Conference 2019 will include perspectives from central government, departmental bodies and agencies, as well as case studies from those who have front line experience of implementing justice reforms.

Through interactive presentations and panel discussions, the conference will seek to explore the current justice reforms in depth, looking at it through the perspective of ‘joined-up justice’. With the reforms effecting every aspect and stage of the justice system, in contrast to previous years there will be a greater balance of the programme across the entire justice sector.

To register