Chris Allen is a researcher, lecturer and consultant specialising in transnational organised crime and how it is policed.
He is currently a PhD Scholar at the Liverpool Centre of Advanced Policing Studies, Liverpool John Moores University, where he is examining the application of business analysis techniques to organised crime groups, particularly those involved in drugs. In parallel with this he has worked with several areas of law enforcement, including City of London Police, the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit and the National Police Chiefs’ Council on Project U BATTLE – the practical application of these techniques for a policing purpose.
The U BATTLE toolkit is now an independent product operated by Criminis Training and Consultancy Services (of which he is Director), and he has recently completed a period of consultancy for the Intellectual Property Office Intelligence Hub, looking at how best to integrate U BATTLE into their investigation processes. In addition, Chris is a Honoury Research Fellow at the University of Buckingham where part of his role is to deliver professional short courses to developing nations, focusing on transnational organised crime, how it operates and law enforcement strategies to dismantle it.
Chris, has spoken about U BATTLE at more than 10 conferences over the last 18 months, both in the UK and globally. Furthermore, he is a member of the NPCC Intelligence Practice Research Consortium, the European Political Research Consortium Standing Group on Organised Crime and the Society of Evidence Based Policing. He Holds an MA Distinction in Terrorism and International Crime from Coventry University and a Level 7 qualification in Professional Consulting from the Charted Management Institute.
Prior to embarking on his PhD he worked for policing think tank The Police Foundation and as a journalist for Police Professional.