Mr Paul Williamson

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  • Qualifications:MSc (Distinction) LLB (Hons) FHEA
  • Telephone:+4411732 81517

About me

Paul is a Senior lecturer and Programme Leader for Policing in the School of Social Science. Paul is a passionate advocate about the importance of investigators being supported and having the required skills and training to enable them to fulfil their potential. Paul is also editor in chief of the UWE Polcing blog available at:

Paul has practice based experience, having worked in strategic leadership roles across the full spectrum of local, regional, national and international law enforcement. Until 2020, Paul was Regional Head of Investigations (Midlands, Wales and South West) at the National Crime Agency where he led high profile, complex and demanding investigations. Paul has also served as a Regional Organised Crime Coordinator and National SIO Adviser where he led a small team of specialists called in to assist high profile and hard to solve major crimes across the UK.  

Prior to this Paul served as a Detective Superintendent in Policing working in the fields of Homicide Investigation, Serious Organised Crime and Counter Terrorism and is the recipient of two national investigative awards as well as an NCA Director General's commendation.

Paul holds an undergraduate degree in Law, a Master's degree with distinction in Criminology and Criminal Psychology and a Post Graduate Certificate in Applied Professional Practice. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a member of the British Society of Criminology and a reviewer for The Police Journal: Theory, Practice and Principles.

Area of expertise

Investigations; Organised Crime; Major Crime; Sensitive Intelligence; Critical Incident Management; Decision Making.

Recent Media Contributions: CBS Reality:; Sky Crime.

‘World’s most Dangerous Prisoners’ on 5Action 22 January 2024. It is available to watch on SKY (current channel 150) Virgin (current channel 130) and Freeview (current channel 33), and Channel 5 on demand service My5. 

Paramount + Crime Documentary with Woodcut Media. April 2023.

Filming for ITN production on Serial Killers (June 2023).

Journal Reviewer:

Reviewer for SAGE The Police Journal: Theory, Practice and Principles.

Recent articles:

Policing Insight (2023) The police data challenge: Maximising the potential of automation and AI [online]. Available from:


Speaker at 'The Investigator' Senior Investigating Officer's Decision Making Workshop 28 June 2023. Presentation title: 'Fatal flaw: The impact of crucial actors on decision-making processes in the early stages of a sudden unexpected death investigation.

Speaker at UWE Organised Crime Symposium: 'To what extent are we winning the war? Breaking the Organised Crime Enigma Code'. June 2023.

Delivery of Specialist Worshops for Law Enforcement professionals on the Investigation of Organised Crime for 'The Investigator': 21 - 22 September 2022 and 13 - 14 December 2022

National Police Chief's Council - National Senior Investigating Officers Conference speaker:

- 2018 (Rotherham Child Abuse Investigation: Operation STOVEWOOD).

- 2013 (Serial Killer: Joanna Dennehy).


  • National Investigator award for Outstanding Leadership.
  • Police Federation National Detective Forum 'Investigation of the Year' Award.
  • NCA Director General's Commendation & 10 Police Commendations for dedication and persistence in the investigation of Crime.
  • Police Long Service and Good Conduct Medal.


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