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Mr Dean Blackbourn

Senior Lecturer



Dean Blackbourn is a Senior Lecturer in Counter Fraud Studies with the Centre for Counter Fraud Studies, at the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies, University of Portsmouth. Prior to this Dean was a lecturer in Criminology & Criminal Justice and taught across both the Criminology and Criminal Justice and Criminology and Forensic Studies programmes.

Having been involved in a broad range of research activities, many have been related to Community Safety. He has also undertaken work on Cold Cases and in 2007 was responsible for the reinvestigation by Cambridgeshire Constabulary into the unsolved murder of Russell Marsom (currently remains ongoing), whilst always maintaining a passionate interest in victims of crime and their plight for justice. Dean was involved in conducting research on behalf of the National Fraud Authority, examining ACPO victims experiences of fraud. In addition to this, Dean has in the past evaluated the effectiveness of CCTV for Portsmouth City Council and carried out a series of Crime Audits commissioned by East Hampshire, Winchester and Isle of Wight Councils. Furthermore, he has worked with a number of police services throughout England & Wales, not only upon improving police relations with minority groups, but towards improving community safety. Dean also served as an advisor to The Equalities Review Panel, Whitehall, London, on designing Crime and Victimisation Policy, and serves as the Deputy Secretariat of the Counter Fraud Professional Accreditation Board. Dean is currently responsible for the delivery of the Accredited Counter Fraud Technician - ACFTECH (Developing) and Accredited Counter Fraud Specialist  - ACFS (Foundation) courses here at the University of Portsmouth.

He graduated from Birmingham City University, before completing his Master's at the University of Portsmouth.

Research Interests

  • Swindon Gay Community Speaks Out! (2005). A Report Commissioned by Swindon LGBT Coalition Group & The Community & Race Relations Dept, Wiltshire Constabulary.
  • Crime Audit East Hampshire District Council (2004). 
  • Crime Audit Winchester District Council (2004). 
  • Crime Audit Isle of Wight Council (2004).
  • Establishing Market Dynamics and Earnings In Male Prostitution. Funded by £3,000 from University of Portsmouth, (2002-2003).
  • Researching in conjunction with Barry Loveday (Reader, ICJS) on Local voices, Local Choices: Devolving Power and Accountability in Policing. Commissioned by The Centre for Policy Studies, London. (2003).
  • CCTV Evaluations Stages 3-5, (2000-2004), Portsmouth City Council.
  • Establishing A Base Line Of Sentencer Satisfaction With YOT Orders In The Hampshire Youth Courts. Funded by Wessex Youth Offending Team, 2001-2002.
  • Assessing The Impact Of The Community Warden Scheme In Seafield, Gosport: Portsmouth City Council (2001).
  • The Night Time Economy in Bournemouth & Brighton, (2001). In conjunction with Barry Loveday (Reader, ICJS)

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