Laura left New Scotland Yard in 2007 to take up the role of advising ACPO after a decade of 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 Multi-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 UKs first National Stalking Awareness Week (April 11-15th 2011) and is now leading and advising the all party Parliamentary 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 antecedents to murder and intervention and prevention opportunities. All this learning has informed the DASH (2009) Risk Model.
Laura 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.
As a recognised expert on violence, Laura can offer a number of services to individuals and organisations as a consultant, trainer, lecturer and presenter. She also provides training on the DASH (2009) Risk Checklist.