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Dr Helen Selby-Fell

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Professional biography

Dr Helen Selby-Fell holds a Senior Lectureship in Policing Organisation & Practice (POP) in the Faculty of Business & Law (FBL). Helen is currently Module Chair and is involved in both production and presentation for a number of policing related modules. Helen works closely with the Centre for Police Research & Learning (CPRL) and is currently involved in a number of research endeavours. Helen is a regular peer reviewer and is on the editorial board for a national policing journal.

Before she joined the OU, Helen held the role of Programme Lead for Policing & Forensic Psychology (and Senior Lecturer) at Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU). In this role, Helen led a programme team of academic staff and was a member of the School Management Team. When Helen joined the School of Justice, she designed and delivered a (new) suite of undergraduate and postgraduate modules/ programmes relating to 'Evidence Based- Practice' (EBP) (for which she was Module Lead). Later in her role at LJMU, Helen was the post-graduate leader for 'advanced research methods' accross all MSc policing programmes (and co-led the postgraduate dissertation module). Linked to this, Helen has much experience in the supervision of dissertation students, many of whom were serving police officers/ staff. Throughout her academic career, Helen has worked closely with police forces and law enforcement/ criminal justice organisations; for example she sat on the Academic Steering Groups of both Merseyside Police and Cheshire Constabulary, was appointed ‘Academic Advisor’ to the National Crime Agency (NCA) on a long term project, and has worked with the College of Policing to inform the 'EBP' agenda.

Prior to joining academia full-time, Helen has almost fifteen years’ experience working in the police service. For most of her career, Helen held the role of Head of Corporate Analysis & Research at Merseyside police (having joined the force as an Analyst in 2003), leading a large team of analysts and researchers in the Strategic Development Department at the force HQ. This role involved identifying emerging risks and priorities for the police force and presenting recommendations to chief officers (and wider audiences) to inform decision-making. Helen also had responsibility for developing analytical products and techniques across all areas of force business, including the production of the force's annual Organisational Strategic Assessment. Helen was awarded a Chief Constables' Commendation (from Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe) for her continued efforts to develop the forces' approach to research & analysis, as well as awards/commendations for leadership and professionalism.

For the last three years of her police service career, Helen was seconded to the Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner (OPCC) for Merseyside, where she held the role of Director of Commissioning, Policy & Research. In this role Helen was responsible for designing and implementing the first pan-Merseyside commissioning strategy to provide support for victims of crime across the county. Helen chaired the Merseyside Community Safety Leads Commissioning Group and sat on various national working groups (working with the MoJ and APCC). During this time Helen successfully completed the Commissioning Academy's 'development programme for senior leaders in the public sector' (awarded by the Cabinet Office).

For a number of years Helen lectured on the College of Policing's 'International Police Leadership' programme. During her career in the police service, Helen regularly provided conference presentations and guest lectures to a number of universities and police forces (across the UK and internationally). Throughout her career, Helen has developed strong links with a range of academic institutions, police forces, and community safety organisations, and is passionate about bridging academic principles with policy and practice.

Before she joined the police service, Helen obtained a BA (Hons) in Psychology with Sociology and an MSc in Investigative (Forensic) Psychology from the University of Liverpool. Helen studied part-time for her PhD in Applied Policing & Criminology whilst working in the police service. Her research explored the conceptulisation of EBP and the challenges associated with embedding EBP in the police service. Based upon her early PhD findings, in 2016/17 Helen developed an 'EBP Strategy' (and 'Action Plan') for Merseyside police and worked closely with the force for a year to implement it. Her PhD findings were also utilised by the College of Policing to inform the development of the national EBP agenda. Throughout her career, Helen has published and presented her work widely.

Research interests

Much of Helen’s work relating to Evidence Based Practice (EBP), has explored the challenges (and facilitators) associated with embedding an EBP approach in the police service. Helen has wide ranging research interests including police-academic collaborations, decision making, the role of police analysts in the police service, and forensic psychology in policing. 

Teaching interests

Helen holds a Post-Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice and FHEA status. Helen is currently supervising 2 PhD students; one of which is examining the sustainability of police-academic partnerships, and the other is exploring the role of big data in the context of crime analysis in the police service (UK and Dubai).

Impact and engagement

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS AND CONFERENCES

Selby-Fell, H & Newton, A. (in preparation). A Case Sudy exploring Organisational Constraints and Challenges embedding Evidence Based Policing (EBP) in the police service.

Selby-Fell, H (2020). Research Methods for Evidence Based Policing (EBP). In: Pepper, I. & McGrath, R. (2020) Introduction to Professional Policing: Examining the Evidence Base. Abington: Routledge.

Selby-Fell, H (2018). The Conceptualisation of Evidence Based Policing (EBP) and the Challenges & Opportunities for Implementation. Report prepared for the College of Policing. (to accompany presentation to Research, Evidence & Partnerships Team, Priestly House, London, UK).

Selby-Fell, H (2018). The Conceptualisation of Evidence Based Policing (EBP) and the Challenges & Opportunities for Implementation. Priestly House, London, UK.

Selby-Fell, H (2018). Embedding Evidence Based Policing (EBP) in the police service. College of Policing, Ryton. UK.

Selby-Fell, H (2017). Evidence Based Policing (EBP) Implementation Action Plan. Merseyside Police Practitioner Report.

Selby-Fell, H (2017). Embedding Evidence Based Policing (EBP): A Case Study exploring Challenges & Opportunities. PhD Thesis. University of Huddersfield.

Selby-Fell, H (2017). Changing Attitudes to Research Evidence. In: Society for Evidence Based Policing, Winter Conference, 3rd March, 2017. Northampton, UK.

Selby-Fell, H (2017). EBP: A View from the Front Line. Police Professional. 7th May, 2017, Issue 554.

Selby-Fell, H (2016).  Arrested Developments: Reflections on the implementation of evidence-based policing in England and Wales. What Works Global Summit, 26-28 September, Bloomsbury, London, UK.

Selby, H. (2015) Merseyside Crime Victims Research Programme. Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Merseyside (OPCCM) https://www.merseysidepcc.info/home/down-to-business/victim-research-programme-201415.aspx

Lloyd, M.& Selby, H. (2015). Rapid Evidence Review: Interventions to facilitate coping and recovery for victims of Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE). Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Merseyside (OPCCM). https://www.merseysidepcc.info/userfiles/3.%20Rapid%20Evidence%20Overview%20-%20CSE.pdf

Lloyd, M.& Selby, H. (2015). Rapid Evidence Review of Life Course Impacts of Domestic Violence on Children and Young People. Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Merseyside (OPCCM). https://www.merseysidepcc.info/userfiles/2.%20Rapid%20Evidence%20Overview%20-%20DV%20Impacts%20Children%20&%20Young%20People.pdf

Lloyd, M.& Selby, H. (2015). Full Evidence Overview Report 2: Sexual Assault and Child Sexual Exploitation. Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Merseyside (OPCCM).https://www.merseysidepcc.info/userfiles/Full%20Evidence%20Overview%202%20-%20CSE.pdf

Lloyd, M.& Selby, H. (2015). Rapid Evidence Review: Interventions to facilitate coping and recovery for victims of Guns and Gangs. Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Merseyside (OPCCM). https://www.merseysidepcc.info/userfiles/6.%20Rapid%20Evidence%20Overview%20-%20Guns%20and%20Gangs.pdf

Lloyd, M.& Selby, H. (2015). Rapid Evidence Review: Interventions to facilitate coping and recovery for victims of Hate crime. Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Merseyside (OPCCM). https://www.merseysidepcc.info/userfiles/4.%20Rapid%20Evidence%20Overview%20-%20Hate%20Crime.pdf

Guilfoyle, S. & Selby, H. (2014). Statistics Workshop. Better Policing Collaborative. Birmingham Police Force Headquarters. UK.

Selby, Fell, H. (2014). Theory into Practice: Evidence Based Problem Solving. International Police Leadership Programme, College of Policing, Sunningdale, Berkshire. UK.

Botterill, D., Selby, M. & Selby, H. (2010). Tourism, Image & Fear of Crime. In: Botterill, D & Jones, T. (2010) Tourism & Crime: Key Themes. Goodfellow Press.

Selby, H. & Canter, D.V. (2009). Control Strategies Employed by Street Prostitutes. In: Canter, D. & Ioannou, M. & Youngs, D. (2009). Sex and Violence: The Experience and Management of Street Prostitution. Aldershot: Ashgate.

Selby, H. & Laycock, G. (2009). Bringing Crime Science to Merseyside: The Merseyside Approach. Principles of Crime Science in Policing. Conference. 16th November 2009. Partnership for Learning, Liverpool, UK.

Selby H (2008). Perception of Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB). In: National Community Safety and Neighbourhood Policing Conference, 20th April 2008, Birmingham, UK.

Selby, H (2006). Anti-social Behaviour (ASB): Measurement, Analysis and Intervention. In: Annual Police Performance Conference, 30th January 2006, Canary Wharf, London, UK.

Reece, R. & Selby, H. (2007). An Investigation into Burglary on Merseyside. National Crime Mapping Conference. University College London, Jill Dando Institute of Security & Crime Science. London, UK.

Selby, H. (2004). Social & Psychological Consequences of Violent Victimization: A Review. Crime Prevention and Community Safety: An International Journal. Perpetuity Press. Volume 6, Number 1.

Selby, H & Hirschfield, A. (2003) Fear of Crime in the Elderly. Liverpool University: Environmental Criminology Research Unit (ECRU). (Unpublished)

Selby, H (2003). Measuring Fear of Crime: Home Office study. In: 3rd Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology, 27th-30th August 2003, Helsinki, Finland.

Selby, H (2002). Profiling Stranger Sexual Offenders. Lancashire Constabulary. University of Liverpool: Centre for Investigative Psychology. (Unpublished)

SELECTED GUEST LECTURES

Selby-Fell, H (2019). Embedding Evidence Based Policing (EBP): Lessons from a UK Case Study. Faculty of Criminal Justice & Security, University of Maribor, Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Selby-Fell, H (2018). Embedding Evidence Based Policing (EBP): A Case Study exploring Challenges & Opportunities. College of Policing, Ryton. UK.

2014- current (regular session on each module). ‘Theory into Practice: Evidence Based Problem Solving.’ International Police Leadership Programme, College of Policing, Sunningdale, Berkshire. UK.

2011- 2014. ‘The Role of Crime Analysts’.  International Centre for Investigative Psychology, Human & Health Sciences. University of Huddersfield. UK.

2010. ‘Environmental Criminology & Crime Mapping in UK Policing’. School of Humanities & Social Science. Liverpool John Moores University.UK.

2009. ‘Problem Solving Crime Analysis in UK policing’. An Garda Siochana. Dublin, Ireland.

2005-2010 (various Guest Lectures) Centre for Investigative Psychology, School of Psychology. University of Liverpool. UK.