Sean Paley


School of Justice, Security and Sustainability

I joined West Mercia Police in 1988 and completed 32 years service in 2020. I worked in response roles during the first part of my service and then went into (Criminal Investigation Department (CID) reaching the rank of Detective Chief Inspector (DCI), mainly on local area command as crime manager. I have extensive experience in the role of Senior Investigation Officer (SIO) and completed the SIO programme in 2004, later completing the Serious and Organised Crime SIO programme with the College of Policing in 2014.

I have experience in managing serious crime and unexplained deaths and worked on several cases in my police career. I was the Police lead for Cyber crime between 2014 and 2017, and worked with local partners and academia on fraud and cyber crime awareness, under the Be Cyber Smart campaign. More recently I have been the lead for organised crime group management and implementing strategy to tackle serious and organised crime.

Academic qualifications

LLB (Hons) – University of Central England

Diploma in Operations Management – University of Worcester

Research interests

  • Serious and organised crime
  • National Intelligence Model
  • Police culture and practice
  • Human Rights, negligence, duty of care in Police duties
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