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Dr Jeremy Pearson

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Senior Lecturer in Policing

My academic qualifications include a Professional Doctorate, gained at the University of Sunderland and a BA (Hons) in Further Education and Training from Northumbria University.

Professionally, after a 30-year career in policing, I have a significant background in the field of organisational ethics and have led large scale counter corruption and misconduct enquiries as well as possessing extensive experience in both the overt and covert investigation of serious and organised criminality.

I am a former Head of the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) International Crime Coordination Centre (ICCC) and have contributed to community safety across the UK by delivering innovative strategic solutions to the national threat posed by international criminality.

Prior to the UK's exit from the EU, I led the UK police contingency planning team, working alongside colleagues from the National Crime Agency (NCA), the Home Office and policing agencies across Europe.

As a former Detective Superintendent, my policing career spans the following areas: International Criminality, Serious and Organised Crime investigation, Critical Incident and Firearms Command, Intelligence Management, Professional Standards and Counter-Corruption, Investigative Skills Training, Corporate Development, Inspection (internal audit and scrutiny), Criminal Justice as well as Public Protection and Safeguarding.

As an Independent Lead Reviewer, I have experience of conducting Local Child Safeguarding Practice Reviews and most recently led a review into the circumstances surrounding the attempted murder of a child. This review was conducted on behalf of a Safeguarding Children Partnership based in the North-East of England and included recommendations for improvement in a number of statutory safeguarding agencies.

Teaching and supervision

I lecture in policing and associated criminal justice topics, and I am the Programme Leader for both the 2-year (accelerated) and 3-year Professional Policing degree courses as well as the Policing Studies degree:

I am the Module Leader for the International Criminality module which is offered as part of the new University of Sunderland MSc degree course in Criminal Justice and Policing Leadership: MSc Leadership in Criminal Justice and Policing.

  • Additionally, I supervise students at various levels, from PhD to undergraduate students engaged in the submission of dissertations during the final year of their degree course.


Research interests for potential research students

I have a particular research interest in international criminality, foreign national offending, and international policing structures, though due to my span of practical experience, I am able to supervise students conducting any form of policing research.


Number of items: 5.

Conference or Workshop Item

Pearson, Jeremy (2021) Standardisation of the management of International Criminality within UK policing. In: Conference Law Enforcement and the Community, 6 Oct 2021, University of Akureyri, Iceland. (Unpublished)


Pearson, Jeremy and Smiles, Adrian (2021) Policing degrees need to recognise existing experience while developing new skills and thinking. Policing Insight.

Pearson, Jeremy (2021) Policing capabilities lessened after Brexit [Online article]. UK in a Changing Europe, London, UK.

Pearson, Jeremy (2021) A Local Child Safeguarding Practise Review Child T - Overview Report. Hartlepool and Stockton Safeguarding Children Partnership, Hartlepool.

Ben Jaffel, Hager and Pearson, Jeremy (2021) Intelligence, law enforcement and Brexit [Web article]. UK in a Changing Europe, London, UK.

This list was generated on Mon Sep 26 07:37:07 2022 BST.

I conducted my doctoral research into the management of International Criminality by British police forces and my expertise extends to the following areas:

  • Foreign National Offending
  • International criminality
  • Brexit and the implications of EU exit on British policing
  • Police contingency planning
  • Safeguarding and Child Protection
  • The management of serious and organised criminality
  • Police Critical Incident management

Last updated 07 September 2022