David joined the University of Portsmouth as a lecturer in the PEQF team. He was previously a police officer for 30 years, serving with Hampshire Constabulary and ACPO(TAM).
David studied Human Geography at Loughborough University before joining Hampshire Constabulary in 1989. He experienced periods as a Detective, Response Sergeant, Control Room Sergeant, Custody Sergeant, Neighbourhood Sergeant and Neighbourhood Inspector. His use of community engagement and crime prevention tactics led to awards including nominations for international problem-oriented policing awards.
David was seconded to the National Prevent Delivery Unit for 5 years, leading on the prevention of terrorism in schools, colleges and universities. He wrote national guidance and developed educational resources as well as assisting international law enforcement after terrorism incidents. His work in the aftermath of Fuselier Lee Rigby’s murder led to the Prevent Duty within the Counter Terrorism & Security Act (2015).
As Hampshire Constabulary Prevent lead, David worked on a series of terrorism incidents, utilising engagement and problem-solving tactics to prevent radicalisation.
On retirement from the police, David studied for a Masters in Criminal Psychology, focusing on the radicalisation processes of those drawn towards far-right terrorism. He spent a year as a Home Office Counter-Extremism Coordinator, creating resources relating to hate crime, extremism and knife crime before becoming a Lecturer in Policing.
David is responsible for PEQF modules on:
- Communities, Intelligence & Information;
- Community Policing and;
- Ethics in Policing.
His research interests include terrorism, hate crime and far-right radicalisation.
Knowles, D. J. (2007). The Bridge Project. Arizona State University Herman Goldstein Awards 2007. https://popcenter.asu.edu/sites/default/files/library/awards/goldstein/2007/07-19.pdf
Knowles, D. J. (2009; 2013). Prevent, Police & Schools. National Prevent Delivery Unit, ACPO(TAM) http://www.westhatch.essex.sch.uk/_files/users/6/E043930EE67D269733439336138FC547.pdf
Knowles, D. J. (2012). Prevent, Police & Colleges. National Prevent Delivery Unit, ACPO(TAM). https://preventforfeandtraining.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/201205TAMPreventPandCollGui.pdf
Knowles, D. J. (2012). Prevent, Police & Universities. National Prevent Delivery Unit, ACPO(TAM).
Knowles, D. J. (2012). Operation Bachelor & Operation Graduate: Interactive resources to prevent radicalisation on university campuses. National Prevent Delivery Unit, ACPO(TAM).
Kirwan, K. & Knowles, D. J. (2013). Solitaire: An interactive resource to Prevent legitimately owned firearms being used by terrorists. National Prevent Delivery Unit, ACPO(TAM).
Knowles, D. J. (2020). Identity in Britain and the Radicalisation of the Violent Right. International Network for Hate Studies. https://internationalhatestudies.com/glossary/k/page/3/
Assisted in the publication of:
Universities UK. (2011). Freedom of speech on campus: rights and responsibilities in UK universities.
Universities UK. (2012). Oversight of security-sensitive research material in UK universities: guidance.
The Charity Commission. (2013, September, 3). Protecting charities from harm: compliance toolkit. https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/protecting-charities-from-harm-compliance-toolkit
Cabinet Office. (2013). Tackling extremism in the UK. Report from the Prime Minister’s Task Force on Tackling Radicalisation and Extremism. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/tackling-extremism-in-the-uk-report-by-the-extremism-taskforce
David's Linked-In Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/david-knowles-4755b614/
Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals
In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):
Master of Science
Sep 2019 → Aug 2020
Award Date: 9 Nov 2020
BSc (Hons), Loughborough University
Oct 1985 → Jul 1988
Award Date: 10 Jul 1988
Counter-Extremism Coordinator, Home Office
Nov 2020 → Oct 2021
Prevent - Force Lead, Hampshire Constabulary
Oct 2013 → Nov 2016
Prevent - National police lead in schools, colleges & universities, National Police Chiefs’ Council
Jan 2009 → Oct 2013
Police Officer, Hampshire Constabulary
Jul 1989 → Jul 2019