Neil Leslie

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I am a Lecturer in Criminology and Policing and specialise in policing and criminal justice.

I am a retired Detective Chief Superintendent and served as a police officer with police forces in both Scotland and England. I also had several secondments to UK national policing and intelligence agencies and worked for 3 years with Europol in the Netherlands. My policing expertise lies principally in the investigation of serious crime and organised crime; criminal intelligence; inter-agency cooperation; transnational investigations; and covert policing techniques. Prior to retiring from the police service, I was the Head of the East Midlands Regional Organised Crime Unit.

I am a member of the Abertay University alumni, and currently a PhD candidate at the university, where my research study examines policing’s commitment to physical forms of local neighbourhood engagement.
I am interested in all aspects of policing research and have recently carried out work with other colleagues on the police response to Covid-19, and police talent development.

I am a member of the Board of Trustees for the Dundee Citizens Advice Bureau.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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