Dr Ian Stanier

School of Justice Studies

Dr Ian Stanier is a Senior Lecturer at Liverpool John Moores University and Programme lead for MSc Covert Investigation and Specialist Intelligence (@CovertLjmu), MSc Counter-Terrorism Studies and the MSc Terrorism, Policing and Security course and Module leader for the module in Case Studies in Intelligence Failure and Success and the module in Military and Security Responses to Terrorism. He is also the lead for the Intelligence and Information module for the Police Constable Degree Apprentice and Police Constable Degree Holders Diploma.

Ian is Chair of the National Police Chief’s Council’s (NPCC) Intelligence Practice Research Consortium (IPRC), a body which seeks to encourage Staff and students to undertake academic research in the area of intelligence policy and practice (Twitter: @npcciprc). He is a member of the NPCC Intelligence Portfolio and an academic advisor on the National Crime Agency's HUMINT Academic Hub.

Ian is a former senior police officer who has undertaken the roles of Source Handler, Controller and Authorising Officer. He was previously the head of the National CT HUMINT Unit at National Counter-Terrorism Policing Headquarters. During a thirty-two-year policing career he has been responsible for the development of specialist intelligence in several operational arenas including serious crime, prisons, local community, public order events, domestic extremism and counter-terrorism.

He was an adviser to the UK Government’s Home Office on the review of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000, the primary legal provision for covert policing in the UK. He was instrumental in the 2012 review and development of the UK National Intelligence Model and associated practices and had previously edited the College of Policing’s Authorised Professional Practice on Intelligence Management. His doctorate focuses on UK information sharing pathologies and law enforcement intelligence failures between 2004 and 2013. He has designed bespoke intelligence related courses, delivering these in South East Asia, Australia, the USA and Central America. He is aiding the International Institute for Justice & the Rule of Law (www.theiij.org) to promulgate and implement Global Counter-Terrorism Forum Good Practices across North and West Africa, the Middle East and Caribbean.(www.thegctf.org) He has also recently advised on intelligence for the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) as part of their Intelligence Led Policing programme.

He is the founder and lead for Project Harpocrates, a LJMU LCAPS initiative that seeks to encourage the recruitment, development and retention of BAME officers and Staff within UK covert and specialist intelligence roles. Project Harpocrates awards three scholarships yearly for the Postgraduate Certificate in Covert Investigations and specialist intelligence programme.

His current research projects include the examination of intelligence elicitation techniques in a HUMINT context, the recruitment and motivation of informants, the study of effective front line intelligence collection practices, the use of juvenile informants and various operational areas relevant to the use of covert human intelligence sources.


2012, London Metropolitan University, United Kingdom, Professional Doctorate, Intelligence, Policing, Security and Community Safety
2007, Brunel University London, United Kingdom, MA Intelligence and Security
2002, Coventry University, United Kingdom, ML Human Rights & Criminal Justice
1993, University of Leicester, United Kingdom, MA Sociology of Sport (with Public order)
1992, University of East London, United Kingdom, BSc Psychology

Academic appointments

Senior Lecturer, Liverpool Centre for Advanced Policing Studies (LCAPS), Liverpool John Moores Univeristy, 2018 - present
Associate Lecturer, Institute of Criminal Justice Studies (ICJS), University of Portsmouth, 2014 - 2017

Internet publication

Stanier I, Nunan J. 2021. Identifying informant motivation FIREPLACES framework. Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Stanier I, Nunan J. 2021. FIREPLACES and informant motivation Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Dover R, Stanier I. 2021. Coming in from the Cold? The Contested Role of Juvenile Informants in Intelligence Operations Publisher Url

Stanier I. 2020. The welcome rise and worrying fall in covert investigation Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Journal article

Stanier I, Nunan J. 2021. The Impact of COVID-19 on UK informant use and management Policing and Society, DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Nunan J, Stanier I, Milne R, Shawyer A, Walsh D. 2020. Source Handler telephone interactions with covert human intelligence sources: An exploration of question types and intelligence yield Applied Cognitive Psychology, 34 :1473-1484 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Nunan J, Stanier I, Milne B, Shawyer A, Walsh D. 2020. Source handler's perceptions of the interviewing process employed with Informants Journal of Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism, 15 :244-262 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Nunan J, Stanier I, Milne R, Shawyer A, Walsh D, May B. 2020. The Impact of Rapport on Intelligence Yield: Police Source Handler Telephone Interactions with Covert Human Intelligence Sources Nolan M. Psychiatry Psychology and Law, DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Nunan J, Stanier I, Milne R, Shawyer A, Walsh D. 2020. Eliciting human intelligence: police source handlers' perceptions and experiences of rapport during covert human intelligence sources (CHIS) interactions Psychiatry Psychology and Law, DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url


Stanier I, Nunan J. 2018. Reframing Intelligence Interviews: The Applicability of Psychological Research to HUMINT Elicitation in Griffith, A and Milne R. (2018) The Psychology of Criminal Investigation From Theory to Practice. Routledge Griffiths A, Milne B. The Psychology of Criminal Investigation From Theory to Practice :207-225 Routledge 9781317267355 DOI

Stanier I. 2016. Enhancing Intelligence-Led Policing: Law Enforcement’s Big Data Revolution Bunnik A, Cawley A, Mulqueen M, Zwitter A. Big Data Challenges Society, Security, Innovation and Ethics :97-113 Springer 9781349948857 Publisher Url

Stanier I. 2016. View Point: A practitioner's perspective on the National Intelligence Model Ratcliffe JH. Intelligence Led Policing :76-77

Conference presentation:

The Future of Intelligence, Policing innovation: international seminar, Online, Oral presentation. 2021

Applying Psychological Research to Elicitation of Intelligence & Evidence during Interviews and Debriefings, United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Beirut, Lebanon (Online), PowerPoint. 2020

Decision making, Tasking and intelligence, Intelligence led Policing Organisation of Security and Cooperation and CEPOL, Online - Eastern Europe delegations, Oral presentation. 2020

Intelligence led policing, tasking and decision making, CEPOL and OSCE: Intelligence led Policing: A modern approach to police management, Virtual (Hosted by CEPOL Budapest), Oral presentation. 2020

National Intelligence Model, Tasking and Coordination and Decision-Making, Intelligence-led Policing (ILP) in Practice hosted by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), Reykjavik, Iceland, Oral presentation. 2020

Out of the Shadows and into the Dark: The decline of United Kingdom HUMINT and the consequential threat to community safety., Intelligence Studies Section, Baltimore USA, Oral presentation. 2017

Intelligence and Airport Security, Airport Intelligence, Gatwick Airport, Oral presentation.

The decline of HUMINT and the growth of alternative intelligence capture technologies: A law enforcement practitioner's perspective., Dealing with threats and disaster: New paradigms - New Technologies - New Ethical challenges?, The Hague, Netherlands, Oral presentation.

The use of Covert HUMINT Sources in a Counter-Terrorism context: necessity, proportionality and operational ethics., Counter-Terrorism, Ethics and Efficacy, Institute for Global Justice, The Hague, Netherlands, Oral presentation.

The value of Informers: operational impact, managing risk and ethical considerations, Operational Ethics, TU Delft The Netherlands, Oral presentation.

Membership of professional bodies:

Member, International Association For Intelligence Education, https://www.iafie.org/default.aspx. 2021

Other Professional Activity:

Organiser for the NPCC National Keynote Speaker Event on Intelligence r. (Quarterly event for intelligence and covert officers).. 2020

International Institute of Justice (IIJ) Workshop on Counter-Terrorism on Intelligence into evidence for senior officials from the Ministry of Justice, Military Tribunal, DGSN (National Security Police), Gendarmerie and DGRE (National Intelligence Agency) Link https://www.gov.uk/government/news/cameroon-security-officers-get-training-on-counterterrorism. 2019

International Institute for Justice and the Rule of Law delivering workshops on intelligence, prison security, intelligence failure and informant recruitment.. 2017

External committees:

NPCC Intelligence Practice Research Consortium (IPRC), National Police Chief's Council, Chair - ON-GOING Twitter: @npcciprc. 2018

National Police Chief's Council Intelligence Portfolio, National Police Chief's Council, ON-GOING: Portfolio member and chair of NPCC Intelligence Practice research Consortium (IPRC). 2018

External collaboration:

https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315637211, University of Portsmouth, Jordan Nunan. 2017