Howard Atkin
  • University Of Huddersfield

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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.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

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Fellow, Higher Education Academy

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
  • Evidence-Based Policing
  • Subject Matter Expert in Criminal Intelligence Analysis
  • Council of Europe


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