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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


Geoff Coliandris is a retired police inspector who on retirement after a long and varied career (with a certificate of exemplary service) joined the University’s Policing and Security team. He gained an Honours degree in the social sciences and other academic and teaching qualifications as a serving police officer. His subsequent Master’s degree followed a multi-disciplinary route, encompassing forensic psychology, offending, crime, policing, witnesses, experts and courts as well as community safety, youth justice and ethnography. He has also successfully completed higher studies at St Andrews University Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence.


Geoff Coliandris served locally, at force and national policing levels over a long career building wide and deep operational and specialist experience. Operationally, he served extensively in uniform operations across the force area, in response, community and ‘bronze’ command roles as well as outside the force area during major national policing operations as a public order support unit team leader. As an operational inspector, with ‘bronze’ command responsibilities, Geoff was involved in a full range of day-to-day, spontaneous and pre-planned events including those related to: firearms, drugs, licensing, counter-terrorism, public order, major sporting and other large-scale security operations.He also carried out statutory responsibilities in relation to the detention of suspects in police custody, identification procedures and police complaints procedures. Additionally, he served in several policing departments including: CID; minority support unit; force recruitment and promotions assessment unit; and as a community safety manager.

As team leader in the force Recruitment and Promotions Assessment unit, Geoff was directly involved in the design, validation and delivery of assessment processes for police applicants as well as for internal promotion candidates. As a community safety manager Geoff worked in a multi-agency environment, developing and implementing crime and disorder reduction and problem-solving initiatives within the statutory community safety partnership framework.

One area Geoff specialised in was police training having successfully completed nationally certificated training in a set of specialised subjects. As a trainer and training manager, he worked in a range of environments including in the operational workplace as a divisional training sergeant/assessor, at force HQ and at a national police recruit training centre serving police recruits from Welsh and English forces in their foundation training. In this latter role, as a seconded officer and manager, he held responsibilities for managing a large team of police officer and civilian training staff. He also had responsibilities there for: assessing and developing student trainers on teaching practice; curriculum development; professional standards; welfare issues; and liaison with feeder forces in relation to such matters. Within force, Geoff was head of a force-wide diversity training project identified by the (then) Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary as an example of good practice. He was commended several times for ‘good’ police work by the courts, the Chief Constable and his divisional commander.

Since joining the USW Policing and Security team in 2006, Geoff has been directly involved in the design, delivery and assessment of a range of awards and projects linked to: the BSc degree; the MSc in Community and Partnerships; Foundation Studies; Foundation Degree. In the Spring of 2016 Geoff was invited to join the writing and delivery team responsible for a pilot leadership and management course for social care staff. This course involved a multi-disciplinary academic team and represented a collaboration between USW and the Care Council for Wales. As module leader on the university’s Master’s programme in Community and Partnerships, Geoff has taught and assessed serving senior police officers from the Middle East, serving UK police officers as well as students drawn from other agencies. As a tutor on postgrad. modules he specialised in problem-solving/oriented partnerships and community issues.

Geoff has been extensively published (see below). Away from university, in recent years Geoff gained work experience as an assessor and moderator with a leading national award body on a number of examined (sociology) modules as well as a field worker with the national Census. He has also worked part time in the learning resources centre of a local higher education institution.


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)(current)
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: safeguarding; hate crime; violent extremism; terrorism; community safety; police culture, domestic abuse, police management, police reform, policing technology, organisational learning 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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