Institute of Criminal Justice Studies

Policing, Crime and Forensic Investigation

Cluster Leader: Professor Stephen Savage

The Policing, Crime and Forensic Investigation Cluster is a multi-disciplinary umbrella for research on policing, probation and criminal and forensic investigation. As well as staff from ICJS, the Cluster includes staff from the School of Law, the Portsmouth Business School (forensic accounting) and the Department of Psychology, all of whom are part of the University of Portsmouth’s ‘Forensics Forum’. 


  • Investigative interviewing and evidence (see also the Centre of Forensic Interviewing)
  • Masculinities and offending behaviour
  • Miscarriages of justice 
  • Police accountability, governance and police reform
  • Police management and police leadership
  • Private policing and plural policing
  • Professional cultures in inter-professional contexts 
  • Policing hate crime 
  • Policing domestic violence
  • Police training and development
  • Police Intelligence 
  • Public protection and MAPPA


  • Diana Bretherick
    Representations of crime and criminals in popular culture and the arts; cultural criminology; crime and criminology in fiction; socio-legal issues; advocacy and professional skills in criminal justice
  • Kat Brown
    Fly development including metamorphosis; cadaver decomposition and insect succession; entomology-based time-since-death estimation
  • Brian Chappell
    Criminal Investigation; ethics of intelligence and covert policing; organised crime and gangs
  • Sarah Charman
    The sociology of policing; police culture; the politics of law and order
  • Phil Clements
    Equality and diversity in policing; specialist policing (police use of firearms and VIP protection)
  • John Fox
    Police occupational culture; surveillance society; discretion in police investigation; police training and guidance; police oversight
  • Bob Golding
    Police leadership and management; police performance management; gun and knife crime; project, programme management and change management
  • John Grieve
  • Nathan Hall
    Hate crime; international and comparative criminal justice; criminal justice and minority communities; histories of crime and punishment
  • Adrian James
    Policing policy and reform; the history and culture of the detective force; covert policing; criminal intelligence; and organised crime
  • John Jones
  • Becky Milne
    The cognitive interview; investigative interviewing; vulnerable interviewees; miscarriages of justice; the investigation process
  • Anna-Marie O’Connor
    Forensic Biology; body fluid recovery; DNA analysis; textile fibre transfer, persistence and analysis
  • Claire Rhodes
    Firearms; fire investigation; fingerprints; and crime scene investigation
  • Steve Savage
    Police reform; police governance and police complaints systems; police management and leadership; miscarriages of justice
  • Andrea Shawyer
    Investigative interviewing; detecting deception in an investigative context; false confessions; fraud
  • Paul Smith
    Crime Scene Investigation procedures and practice; finger mark development; Human Factors methods for criminal justice
  • Fiona Wadie
    Police investigations and police culture; investigative interviewing; police specialisms - particularly underwater search and recovery; and, research methods
  • Jenny Weaver
    Sex offenders; interviewing sex offenders; why certain police officers choose to deal with the sex offenders
  • Andy Williams
    Forensic criminology; profiling violent and sexual offenders; public protection and probation practice; and blood spatter analysis