David Brian


School of Forensic and Applied Sciences

Maudland Building, MB222

+44 (0) 1772 89 3539

Subject Areas: Criminal Law, Policing

Full Profile

Dave studied Law at the University of Lancaster, the University of Leicester and UCLan. He has 30 years policing experience reaching the Rank of Detective Superintendent specialising in Fraud, covert policing, organised crime and drugs. He has operational experience in a wide range of issues including strategic and tactical incident management, risk management, public order & firearms. He is a previous Chair of Lancashire’s Drugs Intervention Programme.


LLM. Leicester University 1996
LLB. (Hons), University of Lancaster 1992

Dave is part of the UCLan Policing research team and is active in supervising PhD students and research on behalf of local police forces. Subject areas include:

Examining Gun Crime Culture in Preston: Assessing the Risk and Aiding Prevention (PhD)

Sexual consent: Investigating the myth of sexual miscommunication (PhD)

Impact of Fraud on Police resourcing, is fraud the real danger crime that is under reported

The changing nature of the reporting of violent crime.

Identifying criminal families and the impact these families have on resourcing across agencies

Families that abuse, what is the legacy and solution to repeat and intergenerational patterns of behaviour

Examining the link between domestic abuse and dangerous offenders.

Fraud Detective or Financial Investigator. What's the difference?


Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute

Associate of the Higher Education Academy

Teaching Activities and Responsibilities

Dave teaches at both undergraduate and Postgraduate level on BSc(Hons) Policing and Criminal Investigation, BSc(Hons) Forensic and Criminal Investigation and the MSc criminal Investigation.

Module Tutor for:
FZ3046 Fraud Investigation (BSc)
FZ3146 Fraud Investigation (BSc)
FZ4702 Fraud Investigation ( MSc)
FZ4703 Complex case management (MSc)