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Paul Heselwood

Faculty of Science and Engineering
Life Sciences
Areas of Expertise:
Policing , Sport and exercise sciences

Paul has over twenty years of policing experience in both County police forces and the Metropolitan Police where he was a detective in Serious and Organised Crime.

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Paul joined the police in 2001. He went on to become a detective in Serious and Organised Crime in the Metropolitan Police having worked in covert policing, various crime squads and the intelligence bureau. He was also a Crisis and Hostage Negotiator with further specialisation in Kidnap negotiation.

Paul has received several commendations for outstanding detective work. His last role, before joining ARU, in Norfolk Constabulary (Operation Moonshot) won the 2019 World Policing Award for innovation in tackling, disrupting and preventing crime.

Paul’s Masters project looked at the occupational demands, fitness standards and injury rates to British police officers. He established a set of voluntary fitness standards, as well as looking at the role Judo and Jiu Jitsu might play in operational performance.

Paul is a member of the Forensic & Investigative Sciences Research Group.

Research interests
  • Communication styles in policing – interviews and negotiation
  • Evidence-Based Policing
  • The investigation of anti-doping in sport
  • Occupational fitness standards, particularly in policing

BSc (Hons) Crime and Investigative Studies
Modules in Evidence-Based Policing and Specialised Topics in Investigative Science


BSc (Hons) Sport Science
MSc Strength & Conditioning Coaching

Memberships, editorial boards
  • Advanced Coach Practitioner – Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA)
  • Certified Exercise Practitioner – British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES)
  • Member of the UK Strength & Conditioning Association (UKSCA)