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Chinese investigators on research visit

14 September 2016

Senior criminal investigators and security officials from China are visiting Abertay University to learn about cutting-edge research on missing person investigations.

The 21 delegates, from the Criminal Investigation Bureau of China’s Ministry of Public Security, are attending a seminar arranged by Abertay University which will feature researchers from Abertay and Dundee universities.  

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Dr Penny Woolnough (centre) with members of the Chinese delegation

The seminar will present the findings of recent research at Abertay into developing methods of predicting behaviours of missing persons so as to speed up finding them and bringing them to safety.  

The Chinese visitors will also hear about work at Dundee University on improving cooperation between police forces and the many other agencies that have to be involved in missing person incidents.

Dr Penny Woolnough, forensic psychology lecturer at Abertay, organised today’s seminar.  She commented:  'We’re delighted to welcome our Chinese colleagues to Abertay, and we hope they find the seminar interesting and productive.

'One of their principal interests is how does knowledge transfer help front-line police staff access cutting-edge crime investigation research findings and make use of it in their working lives.'

The seminar is supported by the Scottish Institute for Policing Research (SIPR) Evidence and Investigation Network, and is part of a two-week training and development tour of the UK. 

Dr Woolnough continued:  'It’s great that Scottish universities like Abertay and Dundee which collaborate through SIPR are developing an international reputation for their expertise in policing research.'

As well as Abertay, the group are meeting Police Scotland, the Metropolitan Police and Thames Valley Police; the Scottish Government’s Police Division; the Foreign Office; the College of Policing, and the Police Investigation and Review Commissioner.

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