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Huw Smart known as Huw Smart

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Post Graduate Certificate (PGC) in Communities and Partnerships. University of South Wales.


Huw Smart is a former police officer who worked for South Wales Police for 33 years. Huw retired from South Wales Police in 2012, as a Chief Inspector. Huw is now a full time Senior Lecturer on the Police Sciences Degree.


Huw commenced his association with South Wales Police in 1979, having joined as a 16-year-old police cadet.
Huw joined South Wales Police as a constable in February 1982.
In his early policing career, Huw was based in Cardiff, working in policing areas such as Rumney, Roath, Cathays, Butetown and the City Centre, in uniform and CID.
Huw developed a passion for teaching during this period and in 1996, was promoted to become a sergeant and was posted to teach probationer constables in the Training Department.
Huw later returned to operational policing as a sergeant in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan, before being promoted to inspector, in charge of investigative training for the force.
In 2002, Huw took a career break from the police, when he pursued another passion to become a published author.
Huw became an author of a series of law-related books, which were, and still are, published by Oxford University Press.
During his career break, Huw was approached by the then University of Glamorgan to lead on developing an undergraduate degree course, the Police Sciences Degree, which was designed to assist potential police officers in their recruitment into the police and give them an advantage when they entered the service in relation to their future promotion prospects.
Huw was invited to become a guest lecturer on the Police Sciences Degree, specialising in police law. Huw became a part-time lecturer on the course for the remainder of his police career.
In 2003, Huw returned to South Wales Police and served as an operational police inspector in the Rhondda Cynnon Taff and Vale of Glamorgan areas.
In 2007, Huw was promoted to Chief Inspector in the Vale of Glamorgan area of the force.
In 2009, Huw was transferred to become the Staff Officer to the then Deputy Chief Constable, Peter Vaughan, who later became South Wales Police’s Chief Constable.
As a staff officer, Huw gathered a strategic knowledge of policing in local, all-Wales and national policing. He managed a number of key portfolios, such as the Chief Constable’s national portfolio for volume crime.
Huw was also fortunate to manage the Chief Constable’s national portfolio for Children and Young People, which led him in 2010-2012 to become involved in the planning phase for the 2012 London Olympic Games.
Between 2006 and 2012, as a Chief Inspector, Huw was a qualified firearms commander, managing firearms and critical incidents in the South Wales area.
Huw retired in 2012, after 33 years service with South Wales Police.
In the last 10 years of his career, Huw combined the roles of an operational police officer, author and lecturer and when he retired, was offered a part-time role as lecturer on the Police Sciences Degree in the University of South Wales.
The University has since employed Huw as a full time lecturer, where he is still employed as a specialist in police related law and procedures.


Co-author of the: Blackstone’s Police Q&A (Books and Online) Series (Annual publication since 2002 – New Edition published in Sept 2018 – Oxford University Press)

Author of the: Blackstone’s Custody Manual (Currently on 5th Edition – 6th Edition due in November 2018 – Oxford University Press)

Contributing author to: Blackstone’s Police Operational Handbook (Oxford University Press)

Contributing author to: Police Work: Principles and Practice (Routledge)

Contributing author to: Extremism, Counter-Terrorism and Policing (Ashgate)

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