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Principal Lecturer, University of Central Lancashire

Ian Palmer served with Greater Manchester Police for 30 years until 2017. His experience was predominantly in uniform and on divisional frontline policing. For the last 15 years of his policing career Ian was a Superintendent with a variety of leadership roles in frontline operational policing, tactical firearms command and headquarter posts responsible for Criminal Justice, Research and Development and Performance Management.
In 2011 Ian gained his Master's in Criminology from Cambridge University and has an active research and applied interest in the areas of evidence based practice and police decision making. He is currently working on his PhD which focuses on examinng the relationship between reflective practice and decision making amongst uniform frontline police officers.
Since 2017 Ian has worked at the University of Central Lancashire, currently in the School of Justice, where he is the Principal Lecturer and Academic Lead for their Undergraduate policing and criminology programmes.


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    Principal Lecturer, University of Central Lancashire