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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 former police inspector who on retirement after a long career (with a certificate of exemplary service) joined the University’s Police Science academic team.He gained an Honours degree in the social sciences and other academic and teaching qualifications as a serving police officer. His 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.

He joined the University’s police science team in 2006.


Geoff Coliandris served as a police inspector locally and at a national policing level. During his career, Geoff performed uniform operational duties at each rank held mainly in the busy and diverse Cardiff Basic Command Unit (BCU) but also elsewhere within the force area and beyond on mutual aid. This included: as a response and community constable; as a sergeant leading an operational response group; and as an inspector leading a uniform response team responsible for day-to-day policing. This response role saw him taking ‘bronze’ command of major and critical policing incidents, including firearms incidents, major sporting events and critical security operations. As an operational sergeant and inspector, he gained wide and deep experience of a set of rank-specific responsibilities linked to custody work, police complaints procedures and staff appraisal and development. In addition to his operational experience, he also gained considerable departmental experience. This included: as a sergeant in the force minority support unit dealing with hate crime and community cohesion issues; as an inspector where he was team leader for the force promotions and assessment unit; and, towards the end of his service, as manager of a community safety team serving the Cardiff BCU. This latter role saw him working in a multi-agency environment on a range of schemes and initiatives as part of the local statutory community safety partnership.
One specific area Geoff specialised in during his police career was the field of police training. As a sergeant and inspector he was involved in the design, development, delivery and evaluation of a broad range of training packages to police officers of all ranks (up to and including the chief officer group), police staff and external agencies such as probation. Geoff was selected for three national secondments and spent several years overall as a trainer and later training manager at a local national police recruit site serving multiple police forces across England and Wales. There he had responsibility for a team of police and civilian trainers, curriculum and staff development and evaluation, and liaison with feeder forces on a range of personnel, welfare and professional standards issues. One project with which he was involved, highlighted by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary as good practice, related to community and race relations (CRR) training and associated service and equality of service delivery issues. This followed CRR training at a Home Office specialist training centre as well as the police staff college.
In addition to the usual mandatory police training, Geoff was also selected for numerous other certificated training courses including: police trainer; trainer development officer; strategic thinking; project management; competency-related structured interviewing; design of simulations; evaluation. He has managed divisional, force and national-level projects.

Geoff joined the USW Police Science team in 2006. Since then he has been directly involved in 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 joint venture between USW and the Care Council for Wales. As a member of the academic team, Geoff has been extensively published (see below).


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. (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. 2: 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) ‘Gender and Crime: A Human Rights Approach’ (2nd edn) The Police Journal (forthcoming)

Coliandris, G. (2017) ‘Plural Policing: Theory and Practice’, The Police Journal (forthcoming)

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’ presently offered by the university as part of its MSc Community and Partnerships award.




Jan. 2014 – appointed 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, organisational learning and leadership.

Areas of Expertise

Community safety, policing, problem-solving partnerships, safeguarding work, management, leadership and organisational reform

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