PaCCS Welcomes Placement Student
PaCCS is delighted to announce that Helen Williamson is beginning a PaCCS-funded placement with the National Crime Agency. This work will involve discussions with stakeholders, document review, and data analysis, with the goal of developing an assessment designed for policy audiences. This placement is part of the PaCCS programme Transnational Organised Crime (TNOC): Deepening & Broadening Our Understanding.
Helen Williamson is a PhD researcher from the University of Brighton, focusing on criminal armourers and illegal firearm supply in England and Wales, having previously obtaining her MSc in Forensic Science and BSc Applied Science and Forensic Measurement at the University of Teesside. Her PhD research utilises a mixed methods approach, including an assessment of statistical and operational information, case-study analysis and interviews with offices involved in successful firearms operations and post-conviction offenders. She is interested in developing the academic understanding of how and why offenders become involved in illegal firearm supply, including where they are positioned in the overall gun supply process. She is also interested in the use of Crime Script Analysis in the context of illegal firearm supply.