11 Mar 2019
Superintendent, Police Scotland
Martin Gallagher, Superintendent, Police Scotland, is currently deployed to the Criminal Justice Services Division. He is a former reserve Army Officer, having served with the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. Martin’s policing background is mainly in intelligence and the investigation of serious crime. He has also worked directly to executive staff in a number of roles including national crisis events, the London Olympics and the closure of the Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland. He completed a posting as the Area Commander of Paisley, and followed this as Business Lead on the force’s £27Million successful Mobile Working Project.
He holds a BA (Hons) in Philosophy from the University of Stirling, UK, and Master’s degrees in Criminal Justice Studies (from the University of Portsmouth, UK) and Terrorism Studies (from the University of St. Andrews, UK) and a PhD in Criminology (from Lancaster University, UK).
Martin writes mainly on the links between terrorism and organised crime. His work has been covered by the BBC, the Sunday Times and Jane’s Intelligence Review. His work in Scotland is part of the Routledge ‘Terrorism Collection’, which has been described as “the essential reference source for Terrorism Research”.
He has lectured on policing at a number of Universities for over 15 years, and is an established conference panel member. He has spoken as an invited guest at numerous conferences, including on the nexus between terrorism and organised crime in Qatar at the request of UNODC and ICCT – The Hague. He is an Expert Fellow with the Sprite+ Network, and a member of the grant funded team researching the concept of ‘Shadow Infrastructure’. Martin has been awarded three commendations for bravery during his police service.
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