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Dr Paul Mcfarlane
Department of Security and Crime Science
35 Tavistock Square
Tel: 02031083056
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  • Lecturer (Teaching) in Security & Crime Science
  • Dept of Security and Crime Science
  • Faculty of Engineering Science

Dr Paul McFarlane works at the Jill Dando Institute of Security and Crime Science at University College London. He is also a member of the UCL Jill Dando Institute for Global City Policing. 

Previously, Paul was a senior manager in the Metropolitan Police at New Scotland Yard and has three decades of experience of working with law enforcement and international intelligence agencies; building cyber and real-world operational capability to detect and disrupt international terrorist organisations and organised crime groups. 

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Paul has a long-standing research interest in undercover policing, surveillance, intelligence and investigative failures. More specifically, his research interests centre on human intelligence (HUMINT) failures and the effect of undercover operations to prevent crime and terrorism. 

Other research interests include using machine learning to tackle operational policing and security problems, and the effect of strategic decision-making and human error in high-risk systems such as aviation security. 

Paul has collaborated with the Metropolitan Police Service on a range of projects to improve operational performance and decision-making in areas such as gang violence, burglary, public order and criminal use of social media.

Current Research Projects:

1. Evaluation of knife crime prevention orders for national pilot in London

2. Evaluation of residential burglary near repeats in London

3. Measuring crowd density at large scale public order events in UK

4. Measuring operational effect of long term police undercover operations

5. Development of machine learning tools to identify and assess harmful (gang-related) social media content

6. Legitimacy of police undercover operations in the UK

Teaching Summary

Paul teaches a wide range of modules accross the MSc in Countering Organised Crime and Terrorism, MSc in Policing and BSc in Crime Science programmes.

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