Geoffrey Coliandris known as Geoff
- Faculty of Life Sciences and Education
- Part Time Lecturer
-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
Successfully completed following certificated (national policing level) training:
-Trainer Development Officer
-Crime Reduction manager
-Community and Race Relations training manager( Home Office sponsored Specialist Support Unit community and race relations training facility, Turvey)
Geoff Coliandris enjoyed a long and varied career as a police officer before joining 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 at the rank of inspector.
Geoff’s policing experience was varied and extensive and gained in challenging and diverse operational and support environments. He served in force and nationally on secondment. Key positions/duties include:
-Served mainly in uniform operations (with some CID experience) at each rank held, performing 24/7 response, community and bronze command duties in a number of urban basic command units.
- As a sergeant, Geoff led a team of response group officers deployed on force-wide crime, disorder and public safety related tasks.
- He was also a team leader on a Police Support Unit, tasked with public order and security work in-force and beyond during national policing operations (mutual aid arrangements).
- As an inspector, he undertook response and bronze command duties, assuming initial command at a range of spontaneous incidents (e.g. firearms, serious disorder, major crime and public protection linked) and taking command of aspects of pre-planned events and operations (e.g. sporting/crime/disorder/other-related). As an operational inspector gained extensive experience of leading and managing operational teams, as well as undertaking statutory responsibilities relating to (e.g.) the detention of suspects, identification procedures and complaints against police.
- As a sergeant, served in a force-level Minority Support Unit (e.g. dealing with hate crime, vulnerable persons) and an Administrative Support Unit with key responsibility for case file preparation, checking, assessment and liaison with prosecutors.
- Community safety manager (inspector) in a busy and diverse city Basic Command Unit. Led a department consisting of community safety officers, licensing officers, crime reduction officers and schools liaison officers. Overall responsibility for designing, implementing and evaluating crime and disorder reduction initiatives in a multi-agency/partnership environment. Applied problem-solving and crime reduction techniques and principles, having successfully completed national level certificated training as a crime reduction manager at the Home Office Crime Reduction College. He also chaired a number of working groups (e.g. drug and alcohol referral scheme and police-disabled communities forum) which, in different ways, aimed to improve engagement with vulnerable individuals and groups and also routinely consulted/worked with community groups such as Neighbourhood Watch.
-Team leader (inspector) for the force Recruitment and Promotions Assessment unit. Involved in vetting police applicants, designing, validating and running selection and assessment processes for potential police officers as well as serving officers seeking promotion.
- Worked as a deliverer and manager of police training. Extensive police training experience gained as a sergeant and inspector. Examples: in-force trainer; area training officer with responsbility for workplace assessment of student officers; trainer at a national foundation site; training manager at a national training site responsible for preparing newly-recruited officers for operational duties across England and Wales.
- As a training manager (inspector) at the national foundation site, Geoff had lead responsibility for a broad portfolio incl: staff and curriculum development, project work, staff and student well-being and professional standards matters, often in liaison with feeder forces. As a nationally qualified police trainer and Trainer Development Officer, Geoff was also responsible for assessing and developing student trainers while on teaching practice. Delivered training to diverse audiences including: police probationary officers; more experienced/senior officers; police staff; outside agency staff.
- Project Head ‘Service Delivery’ project: selected to lead a diversity and quality/equality of service training project intended for all force personnel. This project was highlighted as an example of good practice by HMIC around the time of the Macpherson Inquiry into the racist murder of London teenager, Stephen Lawrence. Successfully attended the (then) Home Office specialist support training unit for community and race relations trainers and training managers (Turvey) in preparation for this role.
In addition to his mandatory police training, Geoff volunteered for and was selected to undertake further professional development, including in relation to project management and strategic thinking at the (then) Police Staff College, Bramshill.
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
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.
Society for Evidence-Based Policing
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 leadership & management; police reform; emerging national problems such as ‘County lines’; policing technology; organisational learning; the challenges and opportunities of multi-agency working; problem-oriented policing; policing risk and vulnerability; crime prevention; early intervention.
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Policing, community safety, public protection, multi-agency working, problem-solving, crime prevention.
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