Glamorgan Criminologist helps shape future direction of major crime investigation research

July 21, 2011

The Centre for Criminology at the University of Glamorgan, in partnership with the Universities’ Police Science Institute and the Welsh Centre for Crime & Social Justice recently hosted a symposium on ‘Investigating Homicide and Major Crime’. Held in Cardiff University’s historic Glamorgan Building, the symposium brought together an invited group of leading academics from around the world with expertise in major crime investigation as well as senior investigating officers and practitioners at the forefront of developing practice and strategy in relation to major crime investigation.

The two-day symposium was the brainchild of Dr Fiona Brookman, a reader in Criminology at the University of Glamorgan. Dr Brookman came up with the idea to address the fact that little attention has been paid by the academic community to the study of homicide and major crime investigation. In an attempt to overcome this issue, the symposium explored a range of issues from international distinctions in investigating homicide and other major crime to the role and impact of major crime reviews and inquiries on major crime investigation to the development and use of new technologies, including improvements in DNA, and their impact on major crime investigation.

Dr Fiona Brookman, who also organised and chaired the symposium, commented, “The symposium provided a unique opportunity for participants to network and collaborate in this area. During the two days we were able to take stock of current knowledge and practice in relation to major crime investigation and establish a research agenda that bridges the gap between academics and practitioners.”

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