Dean Northfield

Senior Lecturer

School of Justice, Security and Sustainability

I worked as a VIPER Officer (2 Years) and then an Imaging Officer (6 years) for West Yorkshire Police, eventually progressing to Senior Imaging Officer. I finished my time at the force within the Forensic Multimedia Unit.

I began working part time for the university in 2011 and joined the university as a full time lecturer and HEIF Project Lead in 2012.

I have many years of real world and case experience having been involved in a number of interesting and high profile cases, including Op Paris (Kidnap Shannon Mathews), Op Pinstripe (Bradford Crossbow Cannibal). I have also worked for external agencies, such as SOCA (Serious and Organised Crime Agency) and on large scale drug importations (Operation Chaplin and Operation Dearly), among many others.


  • Crime Scene Attendance for the acquisition of photography / video / reconstruction

  • Video / Stills Surveillance

  • Evidence gathering for public order

  • Image Enhancement

  • Video Editing

  • EPE (Electronic presentation of evidence)

  • Forensic Multimedia

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