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Bob Barnes


School of Forensic and Applied Sciences

Maudland Building, MB223

+44 (0) 1772 89 4151

Subject Areas: Criminology and Policing

Bob is a retired law enforcement officer having served in the Police, National Crime Squad and Serious and Organised Crime Agency. Bob has spent most of his policing career in the areas of Criminal Investigation in particular covert policing.

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Bob served as a police officer in Hertfordshire Constabulary for 27 years before transferring into the National Crime Squad and then in April 2006 into the Serious and Organised Crime Agency.

A career Detective within the Force Criminal Investigation Department, HQ Central Detective Unit, Force Intelligence Bureau and Serious Crime Task Force he was also seconded officer to No 5 Regional Crime squads Drugs Wing, South East Regional Crime Squad and National Crime Squad.

Bob retired as a Principle Officer in the Serious and Organised Crime Agency responsible for Learning and Development of staff in Investigation and Intelligence. He became a visiting speaker at the Specialist Law Enforcement Centre and then the National Police Improvement

Agency in Intelligence, Hi Tech Crime, Specialist Surveillance, Communications Data and Covert Management.

He has lectured in Organised Crime at the University of Teesside, Northumbria and Coventry. His last main challenge in SOCA was to design and develop the appropriate legal powers training to be designated to staff of a Constable, Customs and Immigration Officer.


Bob joined the UCLan Policing Team in September 2010

MSc Criminal Investigation - 2007

Advanced Certificate of Adult Education – 2003

City and Guilds Further and Adult Education Teaching- 2001

Teaching Activities and Responsibilities

Personal Tutor for MSc and BSc students,

Course Leader for the MSc Cybercrime Investigation

Module tutor for the Policing of Serious and Organised Crime in the MSc Criminal Investigation, Module Tutor for Policing Cybercrime in the MSc Cybercrime Investigation and for Module Tutor for Policing Cybercrime in the BSc in Police and Criminal Investigation.

Marketing lead in Policing.