Posted on 06/10/2011
Professor Betsy Stanko is currently Senior Advisor for Strategic Analysis with the Metropolitan Police. Her role is to analyze crime and public attitude information, suggest ways of aligning strategic planning to take into account this information to improve the delivery of policing in London. Professor Stanko was previously Programme Director of the highly influential Economic and Social Research Council's Programme on Violence. Based at Royal Holloway this internationally recognised research programme contributed to government policy in the areas of domestic violence, alcohol and violence, terrorism (punishment beatings in Northern Ireland), violence against children and racist violence. Managing 20 projects across the UK employing up to 85 staff, the VRP led innovative and creative approaches to violence prevention across the UK. Professor Stanko led the novel project on hate crime and domestic violence for the Metropolitan Police. This most innovative project demonstrated creative ways of using crime management information to map the impact of specific hate crime across London. The project provided the seeds for the risk assessment tool for domestic violence, now rolling out in the Metropolitan Police and in selected forces throughout England and Wales. The innovations of this project have been recognised by the Home Office consultation paper. Professor Stanko moved from Royal Holloway where she held a Chair in Criminology to government to the Prime Minister's Office of Public Services Reform (Cabinet Office) in 2002. She was the principal advisor for criminal justice, and led the OPSR end of the Home Office joint project on Citizen Focus Policing. During this time, she also completed a scoping project on behalf of the Police Standards Unit (Home Office) with the Big 6 banks on suspicious financial activity.Professro Stanko retains close links with the Centre for Criminology and Sociology at Royal Holloway.
We congratulate Professor Stanko on being awarded the title Emeritus Professor of Criminology, University of London.