Criminal Behavioural Analyst
Laura left New Scotland Yard in 2007 to take up the role of advising ACPO after a decade working on violent crime. She previously set up the first Homicide Prevention Unit in the UK as well as the Violent Crime Intelligence Unit at New Scotland Yard and has trained at the National Centre for the Analysis of Violent Crime at the FBI.
Laura developed the Domestic Abuse, Stalking and Harassment and Honour based Violence Risk Checklist (DASH 2009) on behalf of ACPO and in partnership with Co-ordinated Action Against Domestic Abuse (CAADA). The DASH is currently been rolled out across England and Wales. Laura also initiated Mu;ti-Agency Domestic Homicide Reviews in London in 2001 and has worked with the Home Office on developing the guidance, which was published on April 13th 2011. Laura has also been involved in assessing the Multi-agency Risk Assessment Conferences (MARACs) on behalf of CAADA.
Laura co-founded the charity Protection Against Stalking (PAS) with Tricia Bernal and Carol Faruqui, whose daughters Clare and Rana were murdered by their stalkers. Laura was recently involved in co-ordinating the UK's first National Stalking Awareness Week and is now leading and advising the all party Pariliamentary Inquiry into Stalking Law Reform.
Laura has been involved in many complex murder cases, assaults and other sexual/violent crimes. She has reviewed, analysed and conducted psychological autopsies on hundreds of cases to gain a better picture of the antecedent to murder and intervention and prevention opportunities. All this learning has informed the DASH (2009) Risk Model.
Laura recently filmed Someone's Daughter, Someone's Son for ITV1 and Killer in the Family for the Crime and Investigation Channel http://www.crimeandinvestigation.co.uk/shows/killer-in-the-family and also appeared on ITV's Ladykillers series and War on Knives on Sky One.
Other television work includes Jack the Ripper for Channel Five in which Laura re-opened the case and using modern criminology and psychological analysis, and working with a team of experts, applied 21st century techniques to understand a 19th century killer, dispelling many myths that have grown up around the case. The results completely change our understanding of Jack the Ripper, providing a detailed psychological study of the kind of person he was, where he lived and even what he my have looked like. Laura also was a regular contributor to Street Crime Live with Donal McIntyre on Channel Five as an expert on violence. She was involved in profiling cold cases, launching appeals, speaking to police officers and families who have lost loved ones through violent assaults.
Laurarecently co-authored the book Policing Domestic Violence published by Oxford University Press and was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) in 2008 for her work on homicide prevention.