David Brian


School of Forensic and Applied Sciences

Maudland Building, MB218

+44 (0) 1772 89 3539


Subject Areas: Policing and Criminal Investigation

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 and Board member of the Lancashire Drug and Alcohol Action Team.

Full Profile

Dave is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan). He served as a police officer for 30 years, reaching the rank of Detective Superintendent. Dave now lectures on Undergraduate and Master’s degrees at UCLan and as an invited speaker at other universities. Dave is currently working towards a Professional Doctorate in Elite Performance, studying the role and performance of witnesses and specifically police officers, in the criminal courts. He is an active researcher in the field of policing and criminal investigation.


  • PG Cert (Learning and Teaching) in Higher Education, UCLan, 2013
  • LLM. Leicester University 1996
  • LLB. (Hons), University of Lancaster 1992


Almond, L., McManus, M., Brian, D. and Merrington, D.P. (2017) ‘Exploration of the risk factors contained within the UK’s existing domestic abuse risk assessment tool (DASH): Do these risk factors have individual predictive validity regarding recidivism?’, Journal of Aggression, Conflict and Peace Research, 9(1), pp. 58–68. doi: 10.1108/jacpr-01-2016-021.

Brian, D.J., and Cruickshank, A. (2016) Police officers giving evidence: Discussing gaps, contradictions and next steps. The Police Journal Theory, Practice and Principles. ISSN 0032-258X

Boulton, L, McManus, MA, Metcalfe, L, Brian, DJ and Dawson, I (2016) Calls for Police Service: Understanding the demand profile and the UK police response. The Police Journal: Theory, Practice and Principles. ISSN 0032-258X…

McManus, Michelle Ann, Almond, Louise, Rhodes, Hayley and Brian, David John (2015) The Co-occurrence of Risk Factors for Intra-familial Child Homicides and Suspicious Child Deaths in England and Wales. Journal of Investigating Child Deaths, 1 (1). pp. 60-70.

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 Higher Education Academy
  • Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute

Teaching Activities and Responsibilities

Module Leader for:

  • FZ3940: Policing & Criminal Investigation Dissertation
  • FZ4702: Fraud Investigation
  • FZ4703: Complex Case Management
  • FZ4729: Research in Practice

Module contributions:

  • FZ1044: Study Skills for Criminal Investigation
  • FZ4707: MSc Dissertation