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Understanding Theft of 'Hot Products'. Problem-Oriented Guides for Police, COPS, US Department of Justice
The Problem-Oriented Guides for Police summarize knowledge about how police can reduce the harm caused by specific crime and disorder problems. They are guides to preventing problems and improving overall incident response, not to investigating offenses or handling specific incidents. More...
To test the commonly espoused but little examined hypothesis that fluctuations in the price of metal are associated with changes in the volume of metal theft.
Consistency and specificity in burglars who commit prolific residential burglary: Testing the core assumptions underpinning behavioural crime linkage
Behavioural crime linkage is underpinned by two assumptions: (a) that offenders exhibit some degree of consistency in the way they commit offences (their modus operandi [MO]); and, (b) that offenders can be differentiated on the basis of their offence behaviour. The majority of existing studies sample at most three crimes from an offender's series of detected crimes and do not examine whether patterns differ across offenders. Here, we examine patterns observed across the entire detected series of each sampled offender, and assess how homogeneous patterns are across offenders. More...
Human trafficking for labour exploitation: Innovative approaches to prevention, prediction and protection
Dr Ella Cockbain has recently been awarded a prestigious Economic and Social Research Council Future Research Leaders Fellowship. The award is for a three-year study into trafficking for labour exploitation, under the mentorship of Professor Kate Bowers. The project is designed to improve understanding of and responses to labour trafficking, which is a recognised priority in the Home Office’s counter-organised crime strategy and research agendum. Key foci include assessing the scope, nature and impacts of labour trafficking and developing predictive models of risk, using empirically-substantiated individual- and area-level risk factors. A combination of qualitative and quantitative methods will support a nuanced, multi-faceted assessment of this complex issue. The study will include a three-month international placement at the Netherlands Centre for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement. The project has the support of the UK Human Trafficking Centre, the National Crime Agency and the Dutch National Rapporteur on Trafficking in Human Beings. More...
We are pleased to announce UCL’s participation in a Nuffield-funded study into the sexual exploitation of boys and young men. UCL is working with Barnardo’s and NatCen Social Research on this collaborative project, designed to find out more about the characteristics of male victims, their exploitation and support needs. This scoping study is the first of its kind in the UK to focus specifically on male victims. UCL researchers are conducting a large-scale analysis of over 9,000 suspected CSE cases (led by UCL’s principal investigator Dr Ella Cockbain) and an evidence assessment (led by Dr Helen Brayley). Our partners at NatCen (the consortium lead) are conducting in-depth interviews with professionals. We are working with young people and practitioners to receive feedback on our findings. The study is expected to inform responses to male victims, who have often been overlooked in research, policy and practice. More...
We aim to offer our students the best opportunity of achieving employment or advancing their careers. All our courses are designed in partnership with industry and public sector partners who represent current and future employers (see below). We believe that providing careers guidance from the earliest stage of our courses will help us in fulfilling our mission of disseminating crime science as a practical, evidence-based means of tackling crime and increasing security.
Our careers guidance activities include:
1. Careers Guidance Officer within the dept – Dr Ruth Morgan.
2. Courses are designed in partnership with employers, and use lecturers from employing organisations:
· MSc in COCT advisors include Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA), British Transport Police, MoD Counter Terrorism Centre.
· MSc in Crime and Forensic Science is partnered with the Met Crime Academy and is the only such course in the UK to offer ‘real-life’ forensic training that Met forensic practitioners receive
· UCL SECReT PhD programme has 60 partners from academia, industry and
public sector – click here to see full list of SECReT partners
3. Industry Engagement Evening – each December, our Industry Engagement Evening brings together students from our Phd programme to partner with future employers
4. Careers Day – this is held annually for all of our postgraduate students. 4-5 guest speakers attend, from public and private sector groups in the field of security and crime science who employ postgraduates. In past years we have had delegates from the Metropolitan Police, NPIA, Matrix Consultancy, DSTL, and Deloitte. Each speaker talks about their employer, their current role and their career path to date.
5. Employers Handbook - 50 page handbook of potential employers that outlines the remit of
the company, their graduate entry requirements and relevant points of contact
is provided to students. Please download the handbook here.
6. Internships – all our Phd students undertake 3-9 month internships in their 3rd or 4th year, within external organisations, hopefully leading to the offer of a position.
7. Professional events – we offer students free/discounted tickets to industry events we or our partners organise where students can meet potential employers (eg. to our annual International Crime Science Conference, or the annual Home Office Policing and Security Exhibition)
8. Seminars – 30 annual seminars provide further opportunities for students to meet
with individuals representing academic, industry and public sector
organisations in which they may find employment
9. Alumni communications – we maintain contact with alumni through our mailing list, LinkedIn and Facebook pages. Alumni often inform us about job opportunities, and sometimes come in to speak at our Careers Day.
10. UCL Careers resources – we educate students on careers resources available centrally through
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