Paul works at the Jill Dando Institute of Security and Crime Science at University College London, teaching and supervising research in criminal investigation, international and domestic terrorism, organised crime, HUMINT intelligence collection and covert policing operations.
Paul has a long-standing research interest in undercover policing, surveillance, intelligence and investigative failures. More specifically, his research interests centre on human intelligence (HUMINT) failures and the effect of undercover operations to prevent crime and terrorism. Other research interests include using machine learning to tackle operational policing and security problems, and the effect of strategic decision-making and human error in high-risk systems such as aviation security. He is also a member of the Institute of Global City Policing.
Previously, Paul was a senior manager in the Metropolitan Police at New Scotland Yard and has three decades of experience of working with law enforcement and international intelligence agencies; building cyber and real-world operational capability to detect and disrupt international terrorist organisations and organised crime groups.