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Professor Betsy Stanko

Professor Betsy Stanko OBE is currently Strategic Advisor and Joint academic lead for Operation Soteria Bluestone.  This ambitious project funded by the Home Office is designing a new operating model for the response to and investigation of rape and sexual assault.  She is also the External Senior Advisor to the Data First Programme, an ADR UK/Ministry of Justice collaborative project for depositing justice administrative data in the Office of National Statistics for use by researchers.  Retired (April 2016) as Head, Evidence and Insight, Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime in London, she has worked in a number of roles post retirement, notably as Independent Academic Advisor to the College of Vulnerability Programme and the College of Policing’s Knowledge Fund, the City University Knowledge Fund project on the investigation of serious sexual offences and on the Home Office Innovation Grant on Developing and Evaluating Evidence-based Graduate Policing Training.  She was Strategic Advisor to the now completed Home Office Police Transformation Fund project focused to uplift learning and development in policing across England and Wales.

For over nearly a decade and a half, she worked inside the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime and the London Metropolitan Police Service’s Corporate Development, establishing a social research function alongside performance analysis for improving crime and justice in London.  In her first life, she was a professor of criminology, teaching and researching at Clark University (USA), Brunel University, Cambridge University and Royal Holloway, University of London (where she is an Emeritus Professor of Criminology). From 1997-2002 she was the Director of the ESRC Violence Research Programme.  She is a Visiting Professor at UCL’s Department of Crime Science and Security and City University London’s Sociology Department, Sheffield Hallam’s Law Department and a fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts.

Professor Stanko has been awarded a number of academic lifetime achievement awards, including the prestigious American Society of Criminology’s Vollmer Award (1996), recognising her outstanding influence on criminal justice practice.   She was awarded an OBE in 2014 for her services to policing.  In 2018 she was awarded an honorary doctorate from Sheffield Hallam University.

Vice-President London Policing College

Parm has over 30 years of experience in the London Metropolitan Police Service (MPS). As a Chief Superintendent she led in frontline policing, national counter terrorism teams, Fraud, Cyber investigations with a focus on leadership development and professional standards(complaints). She developed responses to harmful practices for MPS City of London Police and British Transport Police implementing them in the national picture this included Domestic Abuse, Honour Based Abuse, Female Genital Mutilation and Forced Marriages.

Parm is a Senior Investigating Officer (SIO) and held both detective and uniform roles, working within London and for National organisations. Parm has been trained as a Firearms Commander and Public Order managing marches and demonstrations. She managed public inquiries and serious case reviews including historical corruption reviews to restore public confidence in Policing.

Parm is a mentor involved in recruitment and retention to improve the diversity of the police. She has delivered training to international students who have been on tours to the UK as well as in their home countries. Her charity work includes working as an Executive member of Women’s Interfaith Network charity (WIN) and is and ambassador for ‘SHARAN’ a Domestic Violence project.

Parm is an author and has a published book ‘Black in Blue’. (Atlantic Publishing).  She is also a frequent radio and TV broadcaster and consultant on policing. She has been involved in the making of several documentaries including ‘The murder that fooled the world’ Caroline Crouch, ‘Murder at First Sight’ India Chipchase, ‘The murder of Rikki Neave’, ‘Britains Most Evil Killers’, The One Show and the ‘Murder Island’ Series Channel 4 as well as others that are due to be broadcast imminently.

Parm has been on several panels to discuss the need for reform and changes in policing these have included Demos, Tortoise and the Good law Project.

Parm has been awarded a master’s degree in International Policing Studies (with merit), which enabled her to study justice systems in the world and is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute.

Parm Sandhu MSc FCMI

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Lizzie Peters

Lizzie Peters is the Head of Programme Management for Operation Soteria Bluestone.  She has led a number of programmes from the London Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC), focused on collaboration between policing and academia to build and implement the evidence base to enable national policing transformation. Lizzie has worked in public services for over 25 years, predominantly in policing, criminal justice and crime reduction.  She has worked across the public and third sectors and was Head of Partnerships at the Metropolitan Police Service until 2015. 

Lizzie has a Masters in Social Work and Social Policy.

Polly Harrar is a subject matter expert and founder of The Sharan Project, a registered charity (England and Wales) supporting South Asian Women in the UK who have been affected by abuse or persecution, to include forced marriage, honour abuse, dowry violence, domestic abuse, disownment and cultural conflict.
As a strategic leader, she is the joint Chair of the London Harmful Practices Group led by the Metropolitan Police, member of the Home Office National Oversight Group, the Forced Marriage Partnership Board within the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Home Office and an advisory member for the Women’s Interfaith Network.
She is a recognised Expert Witness on Forced Marriage and Honour Based Abuse and has an extensive understanding of the wide range of harmful practices faced by BAME women and children and can regularly be heard speaking on these matters at a national and local level and through mainstream media.
Her track record in delivering training is reflected in her engagement with various UK Police Forces, CPS, Magistrates Association, Judicial College, Home Office, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Educational Institutes and front-line professionals.
Previous appointments include the National Domestic Abuse Helpline, The Stroke Association, Kaleidoscope Trust, London Development Agency and the former Commission for Racial Equality. As a multi award winning campaigner, she has been recognised by Amnesty International, 10 Downing Street and the Independent on Sunday’s Happy List amongst others.

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Polly Harrar

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