Dr Robin Fletcher is a Principle Lecturer in Criminology and a retired Detective Superintendent who served with the Metropolitan Police Service as a career detective where he investigated crimes at every level, receiving a number of Commissioner's Commendations. He began his academic career whilst serving with the police, attending Middlesex University where he graduated with a BA Law with Criminology and an MA Criminology.
As a consequence of his academic studies he was seconded by the police to the Westminster Safer Cities Programme, as a crime coordinator, and helped develop a number of holistic crime reduction projects. He was attached to two ACPO committee's reviewing National Crime Reporting and Domestic Violence policies and later served on a Home Office 'Foresight' committee reviewing technology and innovation in crime prevention. He developed an interest in intelligence gathering at the local level after supervising a pilot site for localised intelligence cells that brought together crime intelligence and community information.
His doctoral thesis extended his knowledge and understanding of multi-agency and partnership approaches to crime reduction and prevention.
On retirement from the police service in 2001 he became a Senior Lecturer at Portsmouth University developing undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in Policing and Police Management and was a visiting Lecturer to the University of Mauritius, where he taught middle and senior police officers in the theories and practises of modern policing.
In 2005 he returned to Middlesex University and developed links with the Metropolitan Police Crime Academy, creating a post graduate programme that recognised the skills of senior homicide investigators. As a consequence of the international contacts made through a 'Common Studies' programme developed by the Criminology and Sociology Department, he became a visiting lecturer to Hamburg University, lecturing in Policing studies. In 2013 he was invited to attend a conference at the University of Shenzen, China to discuss the implications of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act with senior academics, police officers, judges, lawyers and police medical practitioners.
He is currently the Director of Programmes for the Department of Criminology and Sociology where he coordinates curriculum development. He maintains close contacts with the Metropolitan Police as an academic consultant to its Stop and Search policy group.
He is also an external examiner for both undergraduate ad postgraduate criminology programmes at Southampton Solent university.
His particular teaching and research interests are the development of investigative skills; Homicide; British organised crime; white collar and corporate crime; the use of criminal intelligence; and all matters relating to community policing.
Current work administrative and professional duties/roles
Director of Programmes department of Criminology and Sociology
Consultant to the Metropolitan Police stop and search forum
Leader Police Research Group
BA MA PhD
Learning & Teaching Interests
Robin's current teaching focuses on causational aspects of homicide in the UK and the development of skills used to investigate serious crime. This includes the use of forensic science; the impact of the media; political influence; management structures, process and models; and intelligence networks.
He is also exploring entrepreneurial criminology though the theories of white collar, blue collar and collarless crimes.
Research Outputs & Interests
An intelligent use of Intelligence; Developing Locally Responsive Information Systems in the Post-Macpherson Era, in Alan Marlow and Barry Loveday (Eds.) (2000) After Macpherson; Policing after the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry, Lyme Regis, Russell House Publications
Partnerships and Community Policing, (2013) in Barrett, G., Sellman, S. and Thomas, J.(Eds.) Interprofessional Working in Health and Social Care; Professional Perspectives, Palgrave, Basingstoke –
Fletcher, R and Kevin Stenson (2009) `Governance and the London Metropolitan Police Service`, Policing, A Journal of Policy and Practice. 3 (1) 12-21.
The Role of the Police in Crime Prevention and Community Safety (2005) in Winstone, J. and Pakes F. (Eds.) (forthcoming) Community Justice, Willan Publishing
Policing a Complex Society; Political Influence on Policing and its Impact on Local and Central Accountability. In Williamson, T. (Ed.) (2005), Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, 15, 170-187
Winchester City Council, Crime Audit 2005
New Statesman (9th April 2008) The Governance of Crime
2008 Safer London Forum, London, 'Problem Solving Policing; evaluation and research'
2008 European Society of Criminology, annual conference, Edinburgh, 'Nightmare on Mare Street; What has been done about Law and Order?'
2006 British Society of Criminology, Annual Conference, Glasgow 'Street Wise Street Blind; the intelligence gap'
2006 Erasmus Conference, Hamburg, 'The Intelligence Escalator' discussing the conflict of local and central intelligence
2003, Northern Ireland Police Ombudsman conference 'Policing the Police, the challenges', paper on community policing
2001, American Criminal Justice Society, Annual Conference, Washington 'Police Training in the Post Macpherson Era.'
2000, American Criminal Justice Society, Annual Conference, New Orleans, 'Intelligent Intelligence; Developing information Exchange Systems'
International Police Co-operation; emerging issues, theory and practice by Frederick Lemieux, ( 2011) Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies & Management, Vol. 34 Iss: 4, pp. 739 - 741
Criminal Investigation: An Introduction to Principles and Practice, by Peter Stelfox (2011) Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies & Management, Vol. 34 Iss: 3, pp.557 – 559
Handbook of Criminal Investigation, Tim Newburn, Tom Williamson and Alan Wright (Eds.) (2008) International Journal of Police Science and Management
Policing Images; Policing, Communities and Legitimacy by Rob Mawby (2003) International Journal of Police Science and Management Vol 5