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William is a senior lecturer in Criminology, specialising in policing and criminal justice studies, at Abertay University, Dundee.

He is a former senior police officer in Glasgow, in the Strathclyde Police force, now part of Police Scotland, and retired in 2010 after 30 years’ service. He commenced his PhD studies at GCU in 2011 and successfully completed it in July 2016. His doctoral research was an in-depth case study of the policy transfer of a criminal justice programme, the Cincinnati Initiative to Reduce Violence (CIRV) to Glasgow, Scotland. His research interests are policy transfer in international criminal justice in the field of violence prevention initiatives, especially between America and the UK, general policing studies and prisons.

He is also a co-investigator with the multi-university team examining the impact of organised crime on Scottish communities, with Drs Niall Hamilton-Smith and Ali Fraser.

Keywords: violence, gangs, organized crime, prisons, policy transfer, criminal justice



Abertay University


Abertay University
Department of Sociology
Kydd building
Bell Street

June 2018

Community experiences of serious organised crime: Summary findings

This research was commissioned by the Scottish Government to explore the community experiences of serious organised crime ( SOC) in […]

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