20th October 2008

The Scottish Crime and Drug Enforcement Agency (SCDEA) is seconding a top academic from SCCJR, Simon Mackenzie, to the agency for one day a week to look at ways to "toughen" legitimate business against the threat of organised crime.

Dr Simon MacKenzie, an expert in international smuggling and antiquity theft at Glasgow University, will be the first academic to work inside the agency. From this week onwards he will spend one day a week at their headquarters working alongside officers involved in some of Scotland’s most covert operations.

In future, other academics from the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research (SCCJR) – a collaboration between four universities partly funded by the Scottish Government – and Phd students may be seconded to the agency in an internship programme mirroring that of the FBI.

For further information – http://www.theherald.co.uk/news/news/display.var.2461598.0.Academics_to_work_for_crimefighting_Scots_agency.php