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Edward Thistlethwaite

Professional Tutor
School of Justice

Eddie is a retired detective superintendent, who led many murder, serious crime and terrorism investigations and devised a nationally renowned drug addicted persistent offenders scheme, for which he received an OBE. Eddie teaches major crime and major operations to 3rd year UCLan degree students and has spoken at many national and international events on a wide range of subjects. He is an Associate Fellow of the HEA.

Eddie developed the Major Crime course to include an inventive 12-week interactive murder scenario and for both courses brings in some superb guest speakers including the mum of a murder victim, a reformed ex offender and a firearms commander to maximise the students learning. He maintains his current up to date knowledge by teaching senior detectives for the College of Policing.

Eddie is a retired Lancashire detective superintendent, who headed the murder and terrorism teams, culminating in a gang related murder where 13 people were, convicted of a variety of offences and received nearly 200 years imprisonment. He has a track record of delivering change, demonstrated when seeing the helplessness of drug addicted persistent offenders, he devised The Tower Project, the forerunner of all national drug treatment schemes, for which he reduced their offending by at least a third and for this work HM Queen Elizabeth II presented him with an OBE. He has spoken at national and international events on a wide range of subjects such as crime investigation, drug treatment, witness support, wellbeing, ethics and even farming. He has taught a variety of courses from new graduate police recruits, to the most experienced senior investigators both in this country and abroad. He is keen to help any student.

  • BSc Biological Sciences Manchester Polytechnic 1987
  • PIP4 Level police detective trained
  • Completing AFHEA
  • OBE
  • Many Police Commendations

Modules Taught

  • FZ3041 - Major Crime Inquiries
  • FZ3056 - Major Operations
  • FZC012 - Professional Policing
  • Crime investigation, drug treatment, witness support, wellbeing and ethics
  • Associate Lecturer for the College of Policing and Police Now