Professor Martin Innes has been appointed to provide academic insight on the committee which sets strategic direction on a range of national policing issues, including the College's work to develop national standards, policy and practice.
Professor Innes will take up his position at the next meeting of the committee on May 7, 2014.
In making the announcement today, Director of Knowledge, Research and Education Rachel Tuffin, said:
“I am delighted to announce the appointment of our first ever academic member to the professional committee. The College wants to partner with people from both inside and outside policing who can offer valuable expertise and Martin brings a wealth of experience to the service. His long career working in research will add tremendous value to officers and staff as we put evidence-based policing at the heart of the College’s standards.”
Professor Innes, who is also the Director of the Cardiff-based Universities’ Police Science Institute (UPSI) said:
"The College of Policing has an ambitious and challenging agenda. As the forum responsible for formulating national strategy, policy and guidance for the police service, it is vital that the College's professional committee can draw on the best available scientific evidence.
“I look forward to using my expertise to help the College shape this work with research evidence of what works to provide officers and staff with the best information to help them cut crime and keep the public safe."
Professor Innes was appointed Director of UPSI in 2007 and has published more than 50 articles about crime and justice in areas such as homicide, intelligence and neighbourhood policing.
Two further academic advisors to the College of Policing professional committee will be appointed in due course.