Mr Eddie Thistlethwaite, OBE

Professional Tutor

School of Forensic and Applied Sciences

Maudland Building, MB219

+44 (0) 1772 89 3577

EThistlethwaite1@uclan.ac.uk

Subject Areas: Policing, Forensic Science

In a 30-year police career, I led many murder and terrorism investigations and continually drove change in many areas, including The Tower Project, the forerunner of all national drug treatment schemes. I have spoken at national and international events on investigation, drug treatment, witness support, wellbeing and ethics. I have taught a variety of courses from degree students to the country’s most experienced senior investigators. I am keen to help any student help themselves.

Full Profile

I have a BSc degree in Biology from the last iron age (1980s), after which I joined Lancashire Constabulary and gained vast and varied policing experience. I retired as a detective superintendent, who in a 30-year career, led many murder and serious crime investigations, culminating in a gang related murder where 13 people were convicted of a variety of offences and received nearly 200 years minimum imprisonment. I have a track record of delivering change, in many areas including ethics and crime recording, coronial and partnership work and specifically when seeing the helplessness of drug addicted persistent offenders, I devised The Tower Project, the forerunner of all national drug treatment schemes. I reduced their offending by at least a third and for this work HM Queen Elizabeth II presented me with my OBE.  I have spoken at national and international events on a wide range of subjects such as crime investigation, drug treatment, witness support, wellbeing and ethics. More recently I have taught a variety of courses in academia, new nationally selected graduate police recruits, our most experienced police senior investigators and even senior officers in Africa. I am now a full-time tutor at UCLan with responsibility for teaching the third-year undergraduates “Major crime Investigations” and “Policing Operations”.

Memberships
  • National College of Policing 
External Affiliations and Roles
  • Associate Trainer with National College of Policing
Conferences
  • 999 Emergency Services Conference

Teaching Activities and Responsibilities

  • FZ3041 Major Crime Investigations
  • FZ3056 Policing Operations