Portrait of  Malcolm McDowell Malcolm McDowell

m.mcdowell@hud.ac.uk | 01484 473245


I was a serving police officer for 25 years, from 1972-1997

I performed operational duties in the following departments: Uniformed beat duty; Motor Patrol; Crown Court Liaison officer; Administrative Support unit (all uniformed duties); and Theft Squad; Drug Squad; Criminal Investigation Department; Regional (National) Crime Squad (all plain clothes duties).

In 1981, whilst on secondment to C.I.D., I performed duties in relation to the 'Yorkshire Ripper' - Peter Sutcliffe.

Also in 1981 I performed duties in Liverpool in relation to the Toxteth riots.

In 1984 I performed duties in the Miners' Strike.

In 1986 I was involved in what I think was the first 'post-PACE' murder enquiry which was featured on 'Crimewatch.'

In 1988 I was involved in the immediate aftermath of Pan-Am flight 103 over Lockerbie with search responsibilities etc.

In 1990 I was involved in the enquiry into the Strangeways prison riots.

Post 1990 I was seconded to the Regional, then National Crime Squad which involved targetting prolific offenders in relation to high profile crimes such as Drug Trafficking, serious Sex Offenders, requiring both undercover covert operations with H.M. Customs and major surveillance operations nationally, with occasional forays into Europe. I retired in 1997 on ill-health grounds. During my police service I received four Chief Constables Commendations and two Policemanship Awards.

In 1998 I decided to 'get an education' and went to night school to obtain necessary qualifications for entrance to University in 1999, graduating in 2002 with a BA (Hons) Degree in Criminology and the Criminal Justice System. I obtained my P.G.C.E. in 2003 and my MA in Criminal Justice Studies in 2004. I worked within the education department at H.M.Y.O.I. Lancaster Farms prior to being appointed at Huddersfield University in April 2005.

Research and Scholarship

  • Policing
  • International comparisons
  • 'cop culture'
  • Police and the Media.

Teaching and Professional Activities

Course Leader

  • Social Sciences, University College Oldham

Module Leader

  • Police and Policing
  • Principles of Criminological Thought
  • Applied Research Methods