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MSc (with distinction) Forensic Psychology and Criminology (Open)
BA (Hons)(first class) Social Sciences (Open)
Certificate in Terrorism Studies (St. Andrews University)
Diploma in Criminology (University of Wales, Cardiff)
Further and Adult Education Teachers Certificate (City & Guilds)
NVQ D32 and D33 workplace assessor awards
Also nationally certificated (national policing) in:
Police Trainer
Trainer Development Officer
Police Evaluator
Crime Reduction management
Community and Race Relations training manager( Home Office sponsored Specialist Support Unit community and race relations training facility, Turvey)


Geoff Coliandris is a retired police inspector who joined the University of South Wales (USW) Professional Policing team in 2006 as an hourly-paid lecturer (HPL). He retired from the police with a certificate of exemplary service.


Geoff gained comprehensive policing experience in busy operational environments. As an inspector he performed ‘bronze’ command duties, responding to a wide range of spontaneous incidents as well as pre-planned events and operations at local, force and national level (on mutual aid deployment). These incidents, events and operations involved cross-cutting challenges including those presented by: firearms, counter-terrorism, major crime, serious public disorder and ensuring public safety and security at major sporting, political and other public events.
He also gained extensive departmental experience in several policing fields such as: training; community safety; recruitment and promotions assessment; and minority support work. A nationally qualified/certificated police trainer, trainer development officer, evaluator and specialist community and race relations trainer, Geoff worked in a number of training environments as both deliverer and manager. For example, he led a force-wide diversity and equality of service training programme. This project, which coincided with the publication of the Macpherson Report, was identified as an example of good practice by HMIC. He was also selected for several secondments within national police training, notably at a foundation training site responsible for preparing police recruits from Welsh and English forces for operational duties. As a community safety manager, Geoff operated in a multi-agency partnership environment, designing, managing and reviewing various crime, disorder reduction and problem-solving initiatives. As a specialist diversity training manager, minority support unit supervisor, and later as a community safety manager in a diverse city setting, Geoff gained particular experience of policing hate crime and of engagement activities with minority communities.

In addition to his mandatory police training, Geoff was selected to undertake further professional development, including in project management and strategic thinking at the Police Staff College, Bramshill as well as in crime reduction management – through certificated training run by the then Home Office Crime Reduction College. Geoff also delivered in-force public order training while serving as a response group team leader and was a Police Support Unit team leader during various operational deployments in force and beyond.

As a USW tutor, Geoff has been involved in lecture, tutorial, assessment and design work across the range of professional policing awards on offer including: Foundation Studies; Foundation Degree; under-graduate; and Master’s. He has also delivered modules offered on inter-disciplinary programmes such as social care management and leadership. Over this period he has worked with students from a variety of professional and personal backgrounds including: practitioners and managers from multi-agencies including social care and local authorities; senior police officers from foreign police services; and serving local police officers. He is extensively published (see below).


Module leader- Understanding Vulnerability, Risk and Threat in Society, BSc Professional Policing 2019-present
Module leader – MSc Community & Partnerships modules – ‘Problem-Oriented Partnerships’ and ‘Community Issues’ (2015-16)
Module leader – ‘Strategic Management in the Police Service’ (BSc Police Science Year 3)
Module Leader – Foundation Year Police Studies module ‘Practical Skills for Police Officers’
Module Leader – ‘Protecting Vulnerable People’ (BSc Police Science Year 1)(2011-2019)
Tutor on ‘Police Duties and Law’ module (BSc Police Science Year 1)
Assessor and designer – BSc Police Science degree interactive exercises
Module tutor Step Up To Management programme module ‘Understand Theories, Models and Frameworks for Leadership and Management of Social Care’ (2016)


Coliandris, G. (2018) ‘Taking down Castro’, Police Professional Issue 626, Oct 11, 14-16.

Coliandris, G. (2018) ‘The curious professional’, Police Professional Issue 600, Apr 5, 17-19.

Coliandris, G. (2018) ‘Registering Concern’, Police Professional Issue 591, Feb. 1, 22-24.

Coliandris, G. (2017) ‘Framing vulnerabilities’, Police Professional Issue 585, Dec 7, 17-19.

Coliandris, G. (2017) ‘Regaining momentum’, Police Professional Issue 563, July 6, 20-22.

Coliandris, G. (2017) ‘Soft cells’, Police Professional Issue 540, 26 Jan., 17-19.

Coliandris, G. (2016) ‘Working for well-being’, Police Professional Issue 528, 20 Oct., 16-18.

Coliandris, G. (2016) ‘Directing decisions’. Police Professional, Issue 488, Jan. 14, 14-16.

Coliandris, G. (2015) ‘County Lines and Wicked Problems: Exploring the need for improved policing approaches to vulnerability and early intervention’. Australasian Policing: A Journal of Professional Practice and Research, Vol. 7, No. 2: 25-36.

Rogers, C. and Coliandris, G. (2015) ‘Seeing Vulnerability’.Police Professional, 3 Sept. Issue 471: 18-20.

Coliandris, M. and Coliandris, G. (2015) ‘Is Anyone Remotely Interested? The Rise of the Police Drone’. Australasian Policing: A Journal of Professional Practice and Research, Vol.7, No. 1: 15-25.

Rogers, C. and Coliandris, G. (2015) ‘The expert citizen? The key to future police legitimacy’. Police Journal: Theory, Practice and Principles, 88(2): 95-105.

Rogers, C., Coliandris, G. and Coliandris, M. (2015) ‘Police in the dronescape’. Police Professional Issue 447, 18 March, 19-21.

Coliandris, G. and Rogers, C. (2014) ‘Asset Rediscovery’, Police Professional Issue 425, 2 Oct, 23-5.

Coliandris, G. and Rogers, C. (2014) ‘Improving Organisational Performance – Red Team Policing and Partnerships’, Safer Communities Journal, 13(2): 63-72.

Coliandris, G. and Rogers, C. (2014) ‘Policing uncovered’, Police Professional Issue 392, Feb. 13, 16-18.

Coliandris, G. and Rogers, C. (2013) ‘Safeguarding democracy’, Police Professional, Issue 384,Dec. 5th, 16-18.

Coliandris, G. and Rogers, C. (2013) ‘Titanic or Mayflower’, Police Professional, Issue 379, 31 Oct., 16-17.

Coliandris, G. and Rogers, C. (2013) ‘Policing Domestic Abuse Effectively: A Blueprint for Success?’, Australasian Policing: A Journal of Professional Practice and Research, 5(2): 3-7.

Coliandris, G. and Rogers, C. (2013) ‘Domestic abuse policing: a complex arrangement’. Police Professional, 360: 24-26.

Coliandris, G. (2012). ‘Hate in a cyber age’, in B. Blakemore and I. Awan (eds) Policing Cyber Hate, Cyber Threats and Cyber Terrorism, Farnham: Ashgate Publishing: 75-94.

Coliandris, G., Rogers, C., and Gravelle, J. (2011). ‘Smoke and mirrors, or a real attempt at reform?’ Policing 5 (3): 199-209

Rogers, C. and Coliandris, G. (2008). ‘The government’s terrorism strategy: implications for partnerships’. Safer Communities 7(3): 17-21.

Coliandris, G. and Rogers, C. (2008). ‘Linking Police Culture, Leadership and Partnership Working’. Police Journal 81(2): 111-125

Book Reviews

Coliandris, G. (2017) ‘Policing and Social Media’, The Police Journal, 1-4 (first published online 10 May) doi: 10.1177/0032258X17709102

Coliandris, G. (2017) ‘The Routledge Handbook of Technology, Crime and Justice’, The Police Journal, (forthcoming)

Coliandris, G. (2017) ‘Plural Policing: Theory and Practice’, The Police Journal 90(1): 86-88.

Coliandris, G. (2016) ‘Gender and Crime: A Human Rights Approach’ (2nd edn) The Police Journal 1-3, (first published online 13 Dec) doi: 10.1177/0032258X16682116.

Coliandris, G. (2016) ’ Transnational Crime & Criminal Justice’, The Police Journal, 89(4): 346-7.

Coliandris, G. (2016) ’ Governing the Police: Experience in Six Democracies’. The Police Journal, June 2016 89(3): 263-265.

Coliandris, G. (2016) ‘Police Corruption and Police Reforms in Developing Societies’, The Police Journal, March 2016 89(1): 88-90.

Coliandris, G. (2015) ‘Police Services: Leadership and Management Perspectives’, The Police Journal: Theory, Practice and Principles,December 2015 88(4): 334-336,

Coliandris, G. (2015) ’ Hate Crime: Impact, Causes and Responses. Second Edition’,The Police Journal: Theory, Practice and Principles,December 2015 88(4): 336-338.

Coliandris, G. (2015) ‘Multi-Agency Safeguarding in a Public Protection World: A Handbook for Protecting Children and Vulnerable Adults’,Police Journal: Theory, Practice and Principles, 88(3): 204-8.

Coliandris, G. (2015) ’ Domestic Abuse, Homicide and Gender’, Police Journal: Theory, Practice and Principles, 88(2): 174-177
Coliandris, G. (2015) ‘Researching The Police In The 21st Century: International Lessons From The Field’, Police Journal: Theory, Practice and Principles, 88(1): 78-81.
Coliandris, G. (2014) ‘Introduction to Policing’, Police Journal: Theory, Practice and Principles, Vol. 87(4):277-280.
Coliandris, G. (2014) ’ Signal Crimes: Social Reactions to Crime, Disorder, and Control’, Police Journal: Theory, Practice and Principles, 87 (3): 211-214.

Coliandris, G. (2014) ‘Zander on PACE, 6th edn. by M. Zander’ Police Journal: Theory, Practice and Principles, 87(2):139-141.
Coliandris, G. (2014) ‘Researching Crime: Approaches, Methods and Application, by C.Cowther-Dowey and P. Fussey’ Police Journal: Theory, Practice and Principles, Vol. 87 (1): 61-64.

He is the author of a postgraduate module on ‘violent extremism and terrorism’ offered by the university as part of its MSc Community and Partnerships award.




Jan. 2014 – Oct. 2017 Book Reviews Editor, Police Journal: Theory, Practice and Principles


Areas of interest include: public protection; hate crime; violent extremism; terrorism; community safety; police culture, domestic abuse, police management, police reform, policing technology, organisational learning, management and leadership.

Areas of Expertise

Policing – specifically: Community safety, problem-solving policing/partnerships, public protection, management, police training, leadership, organisational reform.

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