LECTURERS from the University of Huddersfield will train Bahraini police officers in the latest crime scene investigation techniques.
The University is home to a multi-disciplinary Secure Societies Institute (SSI), and this has led to its selection by Bahrain’s Royal Academy of Policing to provide an MSc course in Security Science.
Ten lecturers from Huddersfield will pay two-week visits to the Gulf state, teaching subjects that include forensic science and how to gather and present evidence at crime scenes. Other key topics include cyber-crime, investigative psychology and criminology.
There are already 26 officers enrolled on the course, which will be delivered by staff from three of the University of Huddersfield’s academic schools – Human and Health Sciences, Applied Sciences and Computing and Engineering.
The course directors are the investigative psychologists Dr Maria Ioannou and Dr John Synnott and among the visiting lecturers will be Dr Stefano Vanin, who is Reader on Forensic Biology at the University and Deputy Director of the SSI.
The opportunity to work with the Royal Academy of Policing was identified and developed by Dr Mosttafa Alghadhi, of the University of Huddersfield’s Research and Enterprise department. He and the University’s Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research and Enterprise, Professor Andrew Ball, travelled to Bahrain for the official opening of the course, which they conducted with Brigadier General Hamad of the Royal Academy of Policing.
The University’s Chancellor, His Royal Highness The Duke of York, KG, also visited the Interior Ministry.
His Royal Highness was received by Lieutenant-General Shaikh Rashid bin Abdullah Al Khalifa, Minister of Interior, who thanked the Chancellor for his visit and praised the high standard of education offered by the University of Huddersfield and its co-operation with the Royal Academy of Police in introducing the masters programme.
The programme was designed to meet the requirements of the Royal Academy of Police students and has been introduced as part of the Academy’s efforts to expose its officers to international police experiences, improve their leadership skills and enable them to solve security issues effectively and at an advanced level.
His Royal Highness and the Minister also met the officers attending the programme.