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Vince Hurley (PhD) is a university lecturer specialising on the contemporary role of the police and policing within criminological theories. He also lectures on Crisis Management and Disaster Relief.

Before joining the Department of Security Studies and Criminology at Macquarie University Vince spent 29 years as an operational police officer in the New South Wales Police Force achieving the rank of Detective Superintendent.

Whilst in the NSW Police Force he was seconded to the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet engineering statewide crime reduction policy and then implementing the same specialising in reducing the prevalence of domestic violence. Because of this work he was awarded a number of national and State awards by Australian Institute of Criminology and NSW Parliament.  He was Police Hostage Negotiator for 8 years and investigated drug trafficking into NSW and nationally for 5 years.  

As an experienced industry practitioner, Vince key strength is being able to demonstrate the pragmatic role of the police and policing to academic theory. His area of specialisation the implications of financialisation on policing practice, domestic violence, crisis management, hostage negotiation.

Vince’s PhD was into the Financialisation of Policing in the UK from 2010 – 2020. He drew on the theoretical work of Foucault, O’Malley, Freud, North, Dean and neoliberalism (Thatcherism).

Vince has

PhD;  Masters, Business Administration; Bachelor, Criminology & Psychology;  Graduate Diploma, University Teaching and Learning  and Graduate Certificate, Emergency Management.

Research interests

The financialisation of policing

Police use of force

Suicide by Cop

Policing domestic violence and mental health.

Police hostage negotiations

Drugs and drug crime

Research student supervision


The troubling past of deep fake. What are the effects of deep fake pornography, and how can protection be provided to victims?

Terrorist and organised crime groups are strongly linked to the illicit tobacco trade. The high consumer demand for illicit tobacco products, associated with the relatively low risk of being apprehended by law enforcement, make this illicit activity enticing for these criminal groups. To what degree does price disparities between countries, inadequate monetary and incarceration penalties, and inconsistencies within global trade arrangements (specifically Free Trade Zones) drive the financing of terrorist organisations through illicit tobacco trade?


Intelligence gained by controversial action is dubbed the ‘fruit of the poisonous tree’. Using examples of darknet policing on child abuse material, assess their value to society. DARKNET POLICING.


Human trafficking. How have the different forms of media influenced human trafficking in Australia and the United States. What is the state of human trafficking of these two countries?


Could problems with court bonds in the ‘New Sentencing Regime’ in NSW be addressed by a multi-disciplinary approach akin to the NSW Drug Court Model?


PICT 8042        Law Enforcement in Australia, 2019 to present. Convenor

PICT 8099        Applied Criminology, 2020 to present.

PICT 8047        Supervision in Research Projects, 2020 to present.

PICT 2010        Intelligence and Counter Terrorism, 2021, 2020 & 2017.

PICT 2020        Policing and Crime 2012 – present. Convenor.

PICT 2013        Crisis Management & Disaster Relief, 2012 – present. 


PICT 3020        Professional and Community Engagement (PACE)

                        2019 – 2022. Convenor.

PICT 837          Terrorism Support Networks, 2014.

PICT 806          Leadership & Governance,n 2016 & 2015.

PICT 840          Cyber Crime, 2013.

PICT 841          Organised Crime, 2016 & 2017. Convenor.

PICT 707          Understanding Organised Crime, 2016 & 2017. Convenor.

MGSM             Communication Skills and Conflict Resolution,  2019.

Community engagement


He has given over 45 media interviews on domestic violence, hostage negotiations and various organised crime types, having appeared on all online and mainstream media outlines nationally and many international outlets.


He has given evidence to

The NSW Parliamentary Inquiry into the crimes of assault

The Federal Government Standing Committee on Law Enforcement in the link between organised crime and COVID.



Education/Academic qualification

Emergency Management, Graduate Certificate

Award Date: 1 Jan 2008

Business Administration, Masters

Award Date: 1 Jan 2004

University Teaching and Learning, Grad Diploma

Award Date: 1 Jan 2004

Criminology & Psychology, Bachelor

Award Date: 1 Jan 2000


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