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Mr Werner Gowitzke

  • Role Title: PhD Student
  • Address: Park Building, King Henry 1 Street, Portsmouth PO1 2DZ
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  • Department: Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
  • Faculty: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


A seasoned law enforcement senior manager who has enjoyed an international criminal investigation (detective) career of over 25+ years with both practical (tactical) and managerial (strategic) experience of the identification, investigation, management and enforcement of cross-border organised criminality, through national (various Western German police forces) and international (Europol) law enforcement and with related government (e.g. customs and tax authorities) and supra-national government (e.g. European Commission) agencies.

Since 2013 Werner is a Seconded National Expert at Europol working on Mass Market Fraud and Environmental Crime incl. Trafficking of Endangered Species. He is the Secretariat for the EnviCrimeNet and was in charge of the team which produced the EnviCrimeNet Report on Environmental Crime and the IPEC Report on Environmental Crime in Europe. In 2015 Werner was the EU Coordinator for EU’s delivery of the global wildlife crime Operation COBRA III.

Werner is a professionally qualified academic (German equivalent to BSc Hons in Public Administration, MSc in International Police Science) who regularly contributes to the policing debate through the delivery of research papers and lectures at various institutions and to a wide variety of audiences (public and private sector) including the University of Portsmouth (UK), the German Police University, UN Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI) and the University of Utrecht.



Werner currently conducts research in anticipation of a paper titled “The 3 Aspects of Police Culture” as a Professional Doctorate candidate at University of Portsmouth.