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Allyson MacVean

Personal statement 

My scholarly interests are motivated by my previous role in the Serious and Organised Crime Directorate at the Home Office. I focus specifically on intelligence, covert policing and ethics in operational practice. For the last five years, I have been working with police forces in England, Wales and Scotland to develop ethics committees at the local, regional and national level.

As part of this agenda, I was approached by the Royal Marines to help re-establish ethical culture and training following allegations of bullying and harassment in the Corps. In 2017, this led to a commission from the Vice Admiral of the Royal Navy for me to scrutinise the culture, ethical climate, ethical awareness and ethical leadership across the five Fighting Arms of the Naval Service. As part of this schedule, I attend a NATO working group for ethical leadership.

I am the Co-Director for Bath Spa's Centre for Leadership, Ethics and Professional Practice, and this is where my research is based. I also Chair the submissions of Ethical Dilemmas at the UK Police Ethics Group.

Academic qualifications

  • BSc (Hons) Criminology Psychology -  Brunel University
  • MA Intelligence and Security Studies - Brunel University
  • PhD, Police Intelligence in Operations - Brunel University

Professional qualifications

  • Principal Fellow - Higher Education Academy

Research and academic outputs

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Handbook of policing, ethics, and professional standards
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MacVean, A, Spindler, P and Solf, C, eds. (2012) Handbook of policing, ethics, and professional standards. Routledge frontiers of criminal justice, 6 . Routledge, Abingdon. ISBN 9780415630757


Police ethics and values
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MacVean, A and Neyroud, P (2012) Police ethics and values. Policing matters . SAGE/Learning Matters, Los Angeles, Calif. ; London. ISBN 9780857258311


The handbook of intelligent policing: consilience, crime control, and community safety
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Harfield, C, MacVean, A, Grieve, J.G.D and Phillips, D, eds. (2008) The handbook of intelligent policing: consilience, crime control, and community safety. Oxford University Press, Oxford. ISBN 9780199533138


Policing
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Grieve, J, Harfield, C and MacVean, A (2007) Policing. SAGE course companions : knowledge and skills for success . SAGE, Los Angeles ; London. ISBN 9781412935425


Policing paedophiles on the Internet
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MacVean, A and Spindler, P, eds. (2003) Policing paedophiles on the Internet. New Police Bookshop, Bristol. ISBN 9781903639122


Principled and ethical policing: some considerations for police leaders
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MacVean, A and Spindler, P (2015) 'Principled and ethical policing: some considerations for police leaders.' In: Fleming, J, ed. Police leadership: rising to the top. Oxford University Press, Oxford, pp. 110-128. ISBN 9780198728627


Great expectations: towards a greater understanding of ethics in policing by exploring practices in the medical profession
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MacVean, A (2015) 'Great expectations: towards a greater understanding of ethics in policing by exploring practices in the medical profession.' In: Hakim, N, Papalois, V and Epstein, M, eds. Ethical and legal issues in modern surgery. Introductory series in medicine (2). Imperial College Press, London. ISBN 9781848162464


Critical incidents
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MacVean, A (2013) 'Critical incidents.' In: Harfield, C, ed. Blackstone's police operational handbook: practice and procedure. 2nd ed. Oxford University Press, Oxford, pp. 563-568. ISBN 9780199662944


Policing critical incidents
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MacVean, A (2009) 'Policing critical incidents.' In: Harfield, C, ed. Blackstone's operational handbook: practice and procedure. Oxford University Press, Oxford, pp. 743-750. ISBN 9780199561018


Critical incidents
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MacVean, A (2009) 'Critical incidents.' In: Harfield, C, ed. Blackstone's police operational handbook: practice and procedure. Oxford University Press, Oxford, pp. 743-750. ISBN 9780199561018


Introduction to Part IV: the future of intelligence
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MacVean, A (2008) 'Introduction to Part IV: the future of intelligence.' In: Harfield, C, MacVean, A, Grieve, J.G.D and Phillips, D, eds. The handbook of intelligent policing: consilience, crime control, and community safety. Oxford University Press, Oxford, pp. 207-210. ISBN 9780199533138


Science or sophistry: issues in managing analysts and their products
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MacVean, A and Harfield, C (2008) 'Science or sophistry: issues in managing analysts and their products.' In: Harfield, C, MacVean, A, Grieve, J.G.D and Phillips, D, eds. The handbook of intelligent policing: consilience, crime control, and community safety. Oxford University Press, Oxford, pp. 93-104. ISBN 9780199533138


The governance of intelligence
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MacVean, A (2008) 'The governance of intelligence.' In: Harfield, C, MacVean, A, Grieve, J.G.D and Phillips, D, eds. The handbook of intelligent policing: consilience, crime control, and community safety. Oxford University Press, Oxford, pp. 63-74. ISBN 9780199533138


Defining deviant lifestyles: understanding anti-social behaviour and problem drug use through critical methodologies
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Paterson, C and MacVean, A (2008) 'Defining deviant lifestyles: understanding anti-social behaviour and problem drug use through critical methodologies.' In: Hogard, E, Ellis, R and Warren, J, eds. Community safety: innovation and evaluation. Chester Academic Press, Chester, pp. 260-284. ISBN 9781905929269


Police perceptions of restorative justice: findings from a small‐scale study
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Gavin, P and MacVean, A (2018) 'Police perceptions of restorative justice: findings from a small‐scale study.' Conflict Resolution Quarterly, 36 (2). pp. 115-130. ISSN 1536-5581


Police education in a university setting: emerging cultures and attitudes
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MacVean, A and Cox, C (2012) 'Police education in a university setting: emerging cultures and attitudes.' Policing, 6 (1). pp. 16-25. ISSN 1752-4520


Controlling instant information
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MacVean, A (2006) 'Controlling instant information.' Police Review, 114 (5864).


Web of deceit
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MacVean, A (2003) 'Web of deceit.' Police Review, 101 (5740).


Risk, policing and the management of sex offenders
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MacVean, A (2000) 'Risk, policing and the management of sex offenders.' Crime Prevention and Community Safety, 2 (4). pp. 7-18. ISSN 1743-4629


The only way is ethics
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MacVean, A (2015) The only way is ethics. In: Superintendents' Association Annual Conference, 5 -7 September 2015, Chesford Grange Hotel, Kenilworth, UK.


A qualitative and quantitative review of the implementation of the Ethics Committee in Avon and Somerset Constabulary: the views of referrers and members
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MacVean, A and Theodosopoulou, M (2018) A qualitative and quantitative review of the implementation of the Ethics Committee in Avon and Somerset Constabulary: the views of referrers and members. Avon & Somerset Police.


The ethical health and culture of the five arms of the Naval Service
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MacVean, A (2018) The ethical health and culture of the five arms of the Naval Service. Naval Service, London.


An evaluation of three One Team initiatives: Halcon, North Taunton and Wellington
commissioned_report

MacVean, A and Read, C (2017) An evaluation of three One Team initiatives: Halcon, North Taunton and Wellington. Bath Spa University, Bath.


Police corruption: deviance, accountability and reform in policing [book review]
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MacVean, A (2010) Police corruption: deviance, accountability and reform in policing [book review]. Policing, 4 (4). pp. 328-330. ISSN 1752-4520


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