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Richard Carr

School of Justice Studies

Faculty of Arts Professional and Social Studies

I am an experienced former Merseyside Police Detective Superintendent having joined the service in 1987. During the early stages of my police career, I undertook a number of uniformed roles before embarking on an investigative career in 1991. During my formative years as a Detective, I was engaged in front line operational investigations and those of a more specialist nature, particularly with regards to homicide and gun and gang related criminality.

Between 2003 and 2009, I performed in the ranks of Detective Sergeant through to Detective Chief Inspector, developing my expertise in terms of the management of volume crime together with homicide and serious and organised crime.

In 2009 I was awarded the Merseyside Police Investigator of the Year and in 2010, I was accredited as a Home Office Senior Investigating Officer and in 2014, I was accredited in the Strategic Management of Complex Cases.

In 2012, I was promoted to the rank of Detective Superintendent and held the roles of Lead Responsible Officer for crime and covert intelligence, major crime, kidnap and extortion, gun and gang related criminality, human trafficking, modern slavery and cybercrime, which included the online sexual abuse of children and police corruption.

During my police career I worked closely with other Law Enforcement Agencies both in the United Kingdom and abroad. Equally, I have developed strong working relationships with both statutory and non-statutory partner agencies, particularly those working within or in support of the Criminal Justice System.

In 2015, I successfully completed a Master of Studies in Criminology and Police Management at Cambridge University. During the course of this programme of study, I undertook an exploratory analysis into the relationship between the use of gang injunctions as a crime reduction strategy and violent crime in Merseyside. This work has subsequently been published and is designed to help support the development of evidence based practice in the police service.

I was appointed as a Lecturer in the Liverpool Centre for Advanced Policing Studies in 2017


2017, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, MSt Criminology and Police Management

Academic appointments

Senior Lecturer, Liverpool Centre for Advanced Policing Studies, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, 2017 - present

Books (authored)

Carr R, Davies C. 2024. Major and Serious Crime Investigations Critical Publishing 9781915713193


James A, Silverstone D, Carr R, Kelly T, Karecha J. 2019. A report for the National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) on innovative programmes for the recruitment and training of investigators, currently in operation in police forces in England & Wales A report for the National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) on innovative programmes for the recruitment and training of investigators, currently in operation in police forces in England & Wales :1-91

Journal article

Carr R, Slothower M, Parkinson J. 2017. Do Gang Injunctions Reduce Violent Crime? Four Tests in Merseyside, UK Cambridge Journal of Evidence-Based Policing, 1 :195-210 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Research Grants Awarded:

National Police Chiefs Council, Evaluation of fast-track detective recruitment schemes, Silverstone, Daniel; Kelly, Tim; Karecha, Jay; Carr, Richard, Grant value (£): 48000, Duration of research project: 6 months. 2019

Conference presentation:

Gang Injunctions and Violent Crime in Merseyside: An exploratory analysis, 10th International Conference on Evidence Based Policing, University of Cambridge, Oral presentation. 2017