Skip to main content

Dr Simon Retford

School of Justice

Simon teaches on a number of courses within the School of Justice. He teaches and supervises students at undergraduate, postgraduate, and aspirant PhD level. He brings 30 years policing experience, having retired from the police as a Detective Superintendent. He graduated with a Professional Doctorate in Criminal Justice in 2016, and has taught at a number of regional Universities over recent years, on a pro-bono basis across a range of subjects.

Simon is a Lecturer within the Policing Team of the School of Justice but is also involved in supporting and supervising students from across the School. He is involved in teaching Post-graduate Modules on the MSC Counter-Terrorism, MSc Cyber Crime, and MSc Criminal Investigation courses. He is also involved in teaching Undergraduate subjects, including cybercrime.

Simon retired from Greater Manchester Police in October 2020, as a Detective Superintendent. He served most of his career as a Detective, and at every rank. As a Detective Chief Inspector, Simon was seconded to and jointly set up the North West Regional Intelligence Unit, the precursor to the North West Regional Organised Crime Unit. He has served in Territorial policing Command roles and held Senior Investigating Officer roles in Serious & Organised Crime, Homicide Investigation, Public Protection, Sexual Offending investigation, Professional Standards and Anti-Corruption. In 2015 he was appointed as Director of Intelligence and Analysis (DoI), before moving to his last posting as Authorising Officer and Head of Covert Support & Intelligence Collection (AO). Here he was Force Lead for sensitive intelligence, Regulation of Investigatory Powers compliance, Surveillance, Covert Human Intelligence Sources and Protected Persons.

As DoI, Simon was a member of the Strategic Liaison Group in the Manchester Arena Bombing and as AO, oversaw the protection, management and provision of sensitive intelligence and related disclosure to the Anthony Grainger Public Inquiry.

Simon sat on his Force’s Evidence Based Practice Board and was involved in reviewing and overseeing the support of those from Higher Education conducting research within or with regards to Greater Manchester Police.

Simon holds a Professional Doctorate in Criminal Justice and his research explored abuse perpetrated by children against parents. Simon has lectured on a range of subjects including, public protection, organised crime, regulatory powers, human rights, policing family violence and Professional Doctorate studies.

Given his recent policing roles he has a particular interest in covertly tackling sophisticated and organised crime through the use of human and technical intelligence gathering and digital investigation. He also has an interest in human rights law vis-à-vis regulatory powers.