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An experienced former UK Police Detective with more than 38 years involvement in all aspects of complex criminal investigation, intelligence and analysis, Howard has designed and delivered training and support to over half the UK Police Forces, National and International bodies and the private sector, including personnel and agencies from over 30 countries worldwide.

He helped develop the UK’s standard National Intelligence Analysis Training Course, the first ‘Criminal Intelligence Analysis’ masters degree programme in the world, and established the first library dedicated to Criminal Intelligence Analysis.

A contributor to key international intelligence initiatives, he has been recognized as an international expert on intelligence analysis by the United Nations Drug Control Programme and by the Council of Europe, for whom his work was chosen for their crime analysis best practice guide.

He served with the UK’s National Crime Squad, and established and headed the Yorkshire and the Humber Regional Intelligence Unit, responsible for cross-border serious organized crime.

Involved in developing the UK’s Organised Crime Group Mapping system, he also supported ACPO working groups on Drugs, Intelligence, Homicide, Training, Communications Data and Cybercrime.

Responsible for reviewing current homicide cases, and for investigating 42 ‘cold case’ Homicides and 3000+ Serious Sexual Offences, he delivered a 100% conviction success rate, and was latterly responsible for transformational change in Crime Investigation.

A strong supporter of innovation and partnership working between law enforcement and the public/private/academic sectors, Howard also serves in a range of voluntary executive positions with key Academic and Professional bodies. and author, keynote speaker, lecturer and consultant for Policing projects and development programmes globally.

External positions

Reviewer, Police Journal

2018 → …

Reviewer, Journal of Information Literacy

2017 → …

Member, Catedra de Investigacion en Inteligencia Strategica, Tec de Monterrey

2010 → …

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Investigative Methods for Cold Cases
  • National Best Practice and Homicide Database
  • Temporal Forensic Methodology
  • Decision Making
  • Improve Success Rates and Efficiency
  • Reduce Costs and Organisational/Societal Risk
  • Criminal Intelligence & Analysis
  • Informatics

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Research Output 1999 2015

Spot the Difference: Comparing Current and Historic Homicide Investigations in the UK

Atkin, H. & Roach, J., Jul 2015, In : Journal of Cold Case Review. 1, 1, p. 5-21 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Law Enforcement Analytic Standards

Peterson, M. B. & Atkin, H., Apr 2012, Law Enforcement Analytic Standards . 2 ed. 44 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Open Access
law enforcement
basic education
planning process

Criminal Intelligence: Manual for Analysts

Atkin, H., Apr 2011, Vienna, Austria: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). 104 p. (UNODC Criminal Intelligence Manual for Analysts)

Research output: Book/ReportOther report


Intelligence 2000: revisando los elementos básicos

Translated title of the contribution: Intelligence 2000: Revising the Basic ElementsAtkin, H., 2009, Inteligencia Criminal en el Siglo XXI. Reppalli, C. (ed.). Argentina: Grafica Sur Editora SRL, Buenos Aires, p. 119-126 8 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

UK National Baseline Assessment for Commercial Cultivation of Cannabis

Atkin, H. & Lockwood, M., 1 Jan 2009

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report