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Professor Laurence Alison BSc, MSc, PhD, C.PSychol

Chair in Forensic and Investigative Psychology Psychology

    Research

    Research Interest 1

    Critical incident decision making; decision inertia; simulation based learning.

    Research Grants

    Big Hypotheses: A Fully Parallelised Bayesian Inference Solution

    ENGINEERING & PHYSICAL SCIENCES RESEARCH COUNCIL (EPSRC)

    April 2018 - March 2024

    ‘The Birkenhead Drill’: An Exploratory Study of Expertise and Inertia in Emergency Service Responses to a CBRN / MTFA Live Exercise.

    THE CENTRE FOR RESEARCH AND EVIDENCE ON SECURITY THREATS (CREST) (UK)

    September 2016 - March 2018

    Development and Utilisation of KIRAT and FIIP Tools.

    AUSTRALIAN FEDERAL POLICE (AUSTRALIA)

    September 2015 - May 2018

    Research, Development and Training in Evidence Based Policing.

    OFFICE OF THE POLICE AND CRIME COMMISSIONER FOR NORFOLK (UK)

    January 2015 - December 2017

    Fighting International Internet Paedophilia – Phase Two.

    HOME OFFICE (UK)

    April 2015 - March 2017

    Better Policing Collaborative: Police Knowledge Fund.

    COLLEGE OF POLICING (UK)

    November 2015 - June 2018

    National centre for the study of critical incident decision making.

    NATIONAL POLICING IMPROVEMENT AGENCY (UK)

    August 2004 - September 2005

    CENTREX Research Assistant.

    NATIONAL POLICING IMPROVEMENT AGENCY (UK)

    August 2004 - September 2007

    Bayesian Analysis of Competing Cyber Hypotheses

    ENGINEERING & PHYSICAL SCIENCES RESEARCH COUNCIL (EPSRC)

    October 2014 - October 2017

    Examination of Critical Incident Debriefs in Disaster Manage and High Profile Investigations

    METROPOLITAN POLICE SERVICE (UK)

    October 2005 - October 2007

    Multi agency responses to child protection and other critical incidents.

    NATIONAL POLICING IMPROVEMENT AGENCY (UK)

    August 2004 - January 2006

    High-Value Detainee Interrogation Group (HIG): Intelligence Interviewing and Interrogation.

    UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT EL PASO (USA)

    April 2012 - September 2014

    Critical incident research and investigative decision making

    METROPOLITAN POLICE SERVICE (UK)

    June 2007 - February 2014

    Deconstructing offender profiles.

    LEVERHULME TRUST (UK)

    December 2005 - May 2007

    Fighting International Internet Paedophilia (FIIP)

    EUROPEAN COMMISSION

    November 2012 - October 2015

    Research Collaborations

    Detective Inspector Matt Long

    External: Kent Police

    This project focuses on risk assessment and investigation into use of abusive and indecent online images of children; in partnership with Kent Police under the umbrella of CEOP initiative (Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre) CEOP is part of U.K. policing dedicated to eradicating the sexual abuse of children; it exists to track offenders who offend against children and bring them to justice. It works in partnership with local and international forces (for the current project consulting with Kent Police). CEOP develops intelligence on the offenders (thinking and behaviour); how children and young people behave and make use of the Internet; and how technology is progressing.
    This partnered project with Kent Police will eventually deliver a suspect prioritisation tool for police use in investigating sexual abuse of children on the internet. The work will assist in: i) prioritising the large volume of online abusive images of children, according to risk; ii) develop strategies and methods for investigating the prioritised offenders; and iii) developing training for other police forces and relevant agencies in use of the risk assessment tool. The tool will assist officers in targeting and bringing to justice quickest, the gravest offenders.

    HYDRA Operations

    External: Metropolitan Police Service

    Ongoing collaboration for organisational learning in two research strands: 1) simulation-based learning via HYDRA immersive systems and 2) development/refinement of 10kV debrief systems and debrief analysis of critical incidents, major incidents and/or criminal investigations.

    Tier Three Interview Training Group

    External: Merseyside Police

    Knowledge Exchange project on Tier 3 Suspect Interviewing Course for police officers. The course forms part of a structured professional development programme. Tier 3 is a mandatory accreditation for officers interviewing individuals suspected of involvement in serious criminal investigations (e.g., murder, terrorist acts). Academic input centres on psychology of effective interview techniques (e.g., personal interaction styles).

    Professor Kan Shi

    External: Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing

    Three-day workshop with Beijing academics in counterpart research group to cross-fertilise ideas and research findings on decision making in adverse environments and critical incident management.

    Dr. Majheed Khader

    External: Singapore Home Team Academy

    Knowledge Exchange collaboration between UoL and Singapore Home Team Academy: workshop on critical incident decision making for emrgency service responders.

    Dr. Jon Cole

    Internal

    This was a project commissioned by the U.K. Home Office to prevent violent extremism. Along with two external collaborators (Dr. Ben Cole & Dr. Mark Kebbell) Dr. Jon Cole and I conducted a training needs analysis for public sector agencies in the awareness of radicalisation and countering violent extremism that might present risk of harm to the public.

    Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security

    External: Griffith University

    The newly established Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security (with over $25 million) draws together world class scholars and industry partners to better understand a range of complex problems threatening the wellbeing and security of Australia.