ACIA Podcasts


We are pleased to announce that the ACIA will now be producing Podcasts on the first Thursday of the Month.

We are also pleased to welcome Jason Elder and Mindy Duong from LEAP - Law Enforcement Analysts Podcasts - who will kindly be hosting our podcasts on their site.

Our guests will be from a variety of backgrounds, experience and profession, but all with valuable and insightful views on Crime & Intelligence Analysis and it's place in modern society.

The purpose of these podcasts is to provide a support network, to improve analyst development, and create a critical mass to help improve change. It is all about coming together with others to share experiences, information and ideas so we can all develop regardless as to where we are in the world.

We would like all our listeners to be open-minded and allow us to network and promote the profession.

As ever, in the spirit of collaboration, if you would like to hear a particular speaker (or know one!), or have a subject matter or theme you'd like to hear about, drop us a line at

Podcast 003 - 'The Magician's Apprenticeship'

About the guests:

Professor Lawrence W. Sherman
Professor Lawrence W. Sherman








Professor Lawrence W. Sherman is the founder of the Evidence-Based Policing movement and Honorary President of the Society of Evidence-Based Policing (UK). Professor Sherman began his career in police research in the New York City Police Department in 1971 as a civilian analyst in the Office of the Commissioner. Since then, he has conducted research in over 30 police agencies including the Metropolitan Police and the Australian Federal Police and has made major contributions across the policing community. His major contributions include his 1998 Police Foundation Lecture on Evidence Based Policing and his development of the Cambridge Crime Harm Index in 1987.

Now, Professor Sherman is offering Intelligence Analyst Apprenticeship Training under a level 4 Cambridge pathway for Evidence-Based Policing.

Podcast 002 - 'Cyber-wareness' - Dr Vasilis Karagiannopoulos' talk will focus on his work for the award-winning Cybercrime Awareness Clinic he directs and will discuss the findings from previous and current work relating to cyberawareness for young people, small and medium organisations and older adults over 60 years of age. This will involve work he has done for Hampshire police, the National Cyber Security Centre and the European Commission Interreg 2 Seas. Finally, Dr Karagiannopoulos will analyse the Clinic model as a public criminology innovation project and will review the challenges and lessons learned from the experience or running the Clinic in the past 3.5 years.

About the guests:

Dr. Vasilis Karagiannopoulos
Dr. Vasilis Karagiannopoulos








Dr. Vasilis Karagiannopoulos is a Reader in Cybercrime and Cybersecurity at the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies (ICJS), University of Portsmouth.Vas graduated from Athens Law School and completed an LLM in Information Technology and Telecommunications Law and a PhD in Law at the University of Strathclyde. He is currently the Director of the Cybercrime Awareness Clinic, which was recently awarded a National Cyber Awareness Award in the National Cyber Awards 2020 sponsored by the National Police Chiefs’ Council. He has also developed and led the launch of the innovative BSc in Criminology and Cybercrime in 2018 and has published in national and international academic journals and magazines on various cyber-related issues. He is currently working on national and international Clinic projects funded by the EU Commission, the National Cyber Security Centre and the Centre for Research and Evidence on Security Threats.

Podcast 001 - 'Missing in plain sight' - Neil Smith and Dave Grimstead from Locate discuss Open Source Intelligence and how information is used to find missing people. Locate also have their own Podcast called The Missing, which you can check out here. They're also looking for Analyst volunteers to help out on a new project starting March 2021. Get in touch if you want to try something different!

About the guests:

Neil Smith from Locate
Neil Smith

Neil Smith: After serving over 10 years as a police officer in a UK Police force, Neil has spent most of the last 15 years as a full-time investigative researcher for a mixture of clients. Neil regularly speaks on the subject of open source intelligence and using the internet as an investigative tool at a number of conferences and events both in the UK and around the world.


Dave Grimstead
Dave Grimstead

Dave Grimstead: Dave has worked in the field of international and serious organised crime with the UK National Crime Squad (now NCA). He has utilised his experience in covert operations, leading successful investigations to tackle trafficking of drugs and people. Dave enjoyed a distinguished policing career as a Detective Inspector; leading and managing complex investigations from kidnap and extortion to child homicide.


Other Podcasts and Channels you may find of interest

Our fine hosts LEAP Podcasts and on YouTube
Analyst's Corner - Also hosted on LEAP Podcasts
Nicholas Roy
Jerry Ratcliffe - Reducing Crime
DJ Seals - Off The Beat Podcast
Laura Richards
Manny San Pedro
The Missing
BBC & The Open University - 5 simple ways to sharpen your critical thinking
More or Less: Behind the Stats - Ants and Algorithms
Sideways - podcast with Matthew Syed on the BBC. Covers Statistical miscarriages of Justice. The culture of 'Victim blaming'. Domestic Abuse.
The SafeToNet Foundation - Exploring the Law, Culture and Technology of online child safety.