Owen West is a Senior Lecturer in Policing at Edge Hill University. A former senior police officer, he served for 30 years with West Yorkshire Police, retiring as Chief Superintendent Commander of Specialist Operations in 2019. This command of 1,600 people had a portfolio span that included firearms, specialist firearms, VIP protection, firearms licensing, public order, roads policing, police horses and dogs, contact, and specialist search. Key roles held during his policing career included co-author of Prevent, the first national police strategy targeting violent extremism; head of force training and organisational development; strategic director of the force’s programme of change; and force lead for public order policing. He has a particular passion for crowd and event policing, and was co-director of EnableUK – a research partnership of police, academics, fans, and safety officers looking at progressive reforms to crowd safety and policing in football. This was the subject for Owen’s research where he received a Master’s Degree (Distinction) in Criminology and Police Leadership from Cambridge University. He has presented on the subject of implementing evidence-based policing in football policing and public order in Sweden, Switzerland, and the USA. Before arriving at Edge Hill, Owen was a research fellow at Keele University, and also served on the advisory board of Beyond Contagion, an ESRP-funded project looking at the spread of violence and disorder during the 2011 riots in the UK. Owen was also a member of SPI-B (Scientific Pandemic Influenza – behaviours) group, sitting as a member of the Policing and Security Committee advising SAGE on the policing and security issues arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.