About Us

Dr. Jacqueline Ann Grace Sebire

Program Chair

Dr. Jacqueline is an innovative and respected recently retired Chief Police Officer with 30 years of public service and a proven track record of academic research and teaching at the university level. She was employed by the Metropolitan Police Service (UK) from 1992 until 2015 reaching the rank of Superintendent. She specialized in complex investigations, professional standards and operational policing. In 2015 Dr. Jacqueline was appointed as Chief Superintendent for Bedfordshire Police rising to the senior rank of Assistant Chief Constable where my roles and responsibilities focused on major and complex investigation and specialists tactics.

She has combined her operational policing career with acaemdia achieving a Masters and PhD from University of Leicester in psychology. Her research interests include family violence, homicide prevention, police use of force, hot spot policing, police legitimacy, and police leadership. She has published and spoken at many international conferences. Dr. Jacqueline is also a visiting scholar at the Univesity of Cambridge, Institute of Criminology and have supervised on their Applied Criminology and Executive Police leadership program since 2015.

Dr. Jacqueline is a researcher-practitioner committed to evidence-based policing as well as a senior management professional who has successfully recruited to and led diverse organizations. She is currently designing and delivering accredited leadership, law enforcement, and crisis management training for Government Entities of the United Arab Emirates in the Vocational Affairs department at Rabdan Academy.


    • 2013 PhD Psychology, University of Leicester, UK - Dissertation title: “Love and lethal violence: An analysis of intimate partner homicide.”
    • 2001 MSc Applied Forensic Psychology, University of Leicester, UK - Thesis title: “Back porch philosophies of crime: A critical evaluation of twin studies and their place in the nature/nurture debate.”
    • 1998 MA Geography, University of Cambridge, UK
    • 1991 BA (Hons) Geography, University of Cambridge, UK - Honors thesis title: “Sovereignty and subservience: Perspectives of nationalist theory in its application to the assertion of mana Maori motuhake in the North Island of New Zealand.”

Teaching Areas

    • Executive Police Leadership and Strategic Planning
    • Applied Criminology
    • Child Abuse – Safeguarding
    • Complex Criminal Investigations
    • Policing and Ethics

Research Interests

    • Police Leadership Skills
    • Family Violence
    • Hot-stop policing 


    P-Reviewed Publications

    • *Ross, J., Sebire, J., & Strang, H. (2022). Tracking repeat victimization after domestic abuse cases are heard with and without independent domestic violence advisors (IDVAs) in an English magistrate’s court. Cambridge Journal of Evidence-Based Policing, 6(1-2), 54-68 https://doi.org/10.1007/s41887-022-00072-z
    • Bland, M., *Leggetter, M., Cestaro, D., & Sebire, J. (2021). Fifteen minutes per day keeps the violence away: A crossover randomized controlled trial on the impact of foot patrols on serious violence in large hot spot areas. Cambridge Journal of Evidence-Based Policing. https://doi.org/10.1007/s41887-021-00066-3.
    • Davey, P., Forbes, R., Sebire, J., Cestaro, D., Firmin, C., Macfarlane, C., & Bath, R. (2021). A multi-agency consensus panel examining synergies and differences between evidence-based approaches to violence reduction in England. The Lancet, 398, S38. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(21)02581-2
    • Sebire, J. (2020). Why gender equality in policing is important for achieving United Nations sustainable development goals 5 and 16. International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy, 9(1), 80-85.
    • Sebire, J. (2017). The value of incorporating measures of relationship concordance when constructing profiles of intimate partner homicides: A descriptive study of IPH committed within London, 1998-2009. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 32(10), 1476–1500. https://doi.org/10.1177/0886260515589565.
    • Baldry, A. C., & Sebire, J. (2016). Policing and domestic abuse: Challenges and ways to go. Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice, 10(4), 323–327. https://doi.org/10.1093/police/paw038.
    • Sebire, J., & Barling, H. (2016). Assessing the assessors: An analysis of the consistency of risk grading by police when conducting domestic abuse investigations. Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice, 10(4), 351–360. https://doi.org/10.1093/police/paw012.

    (*) Denotes a student co-author.

    Other Publications

    • Barrow-Grint, K., Turton, J., Sebire, J., & Weir, R. (2022) Policing domestic abuse: Policy and practice. Routledge.
    • Herrington V., & Sebire J. (2021, June 24). The future of policing: Policing the future. Policing Insight. https://policinginsight.com/features/analysis/policing-the-future-the-future-of-policing/
    • Sebire, J. (2020). Eve S. Buzawa and Carl G. Buzawa (eds)(2017). Global Responses to Domestic Violence. (Book review)

    Works Under Review

    • Sebire, J. Systems thinking in police leadership. In M. Kilgallon (Ed.), Behavioral skills for effective policing leadership. Routledge. Submitted November 2022.
    • *Ross, N. & Sebire J. Sexual and non-sexual recidivism by convicted sexual offenders: A temporal tracking analysis. Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice. Submitted May 2023.

    (*) Denotes a student co-author.

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