PIER public lecture series schedule for 2017-18

Published: 14 March 2017 at 10:06

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Speakers to include Director General of the National Crime Agency and Chief Constable of Essex Police

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The Policing Institute for the Eastern Region (PIER) is pleased to announce its schedule of public lectures for 2017-18.

15 March 2017
Transnational crime: the importance of international collaboration
Rob Wainwright, Director General of Europol

17 May 2017
Collaboration: bridging the capability gaps
Sara Thornton, Chair of the National Police Chiefs' Council

5 December 2017
Collaboration in practice: Even in East Anglia there are highs and lows
Stephen Kavanagh, Chief Constable of Essex Police

Essex Police has a longstanding and deep collaboration with Kent police, and both forces are part of the eastern region 'Seven Force Strategic Collaboration'. In this lecture, the Chief Constable of Essex Police will explore both the ambition of those collaborations and the challenges that inevitably arise.

7 February 2018
Collaboration and safeguarding: why do we get it wrong so often?
Nazir Afzal, former Chief Crown Prosecutor for the NW of England and CEO of the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners, Honorary Lecturer in law at University of Manchester and Pro-Chancellor at Brunel University, London.

The failure of the police and other agencies over many years to intervene effectively to prevent harm to the victims of domestic abuse and child sexual exploitation have been well reported. Nazir Afzal OBE as Chief Crown Prosecutor for the North West of England played a major part in securing the ground-breaking convictions of serial offenders. He will reflect in this lecture on why agencies who should have been working together so often overlooked the safeguarding of very vulnerable victims.

25 April 2018
Local to national; collaborating to counter the serious crime threat
Lynne Owens, Director General of the National Crime Agency

Lynne Owens CBE, as Director General of the National Crime Agency coordinates and leads the national fight against the serious organised crime that causes most harm to individuals, businesses and ultimately the well-being and security of the UK. In this lecture she will look at the collaboration between local and national police – and other – agencies that is essential to counter the threats from organised criminality and what more could be done to reduce the threat and make our communities safer.


More information and booking links will be made available nearer the date of each event.