Steve Welsh

Head of Behavioural Science & Futures, Prevention & Civil Recovery & Tax at Serious and Organised Crime Agency (SOCA)


Steve Welsh is a Senior Manager in the National Crime Agency (which on 1st October 2013 replaced the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA)). Within Specialist Operational Services of NCA’s Organised Crime Command, Steve leads the Behaviour & Disruption (B&D) Team and Serious Crime Analysis Section (SCAS)

To a large extent B&D represents 'new business' in terms of law enforcement in the UK. B&D produces new, evidence based tools and techniques used in pursuing and disrupting organised crime groups or preventing and mitigating the impact from serious organised serious crime. It also designs tools and techniques which protect UK communities and businesses from its threat. Steve’s team exploits the potential of behavioural science to deliver these outcomes. The Serious Crime Analysis Section moved to SOCA from the National Policing Improvement Agency on 1 April 2012 in advance of the planned establishment of the National Crime Agency in 2013. SCAS is based at the Police Staff College, Bramshill in Hampshire. It was originally formed by the Home Office in 1998 to identify the potential emergence of serial killers and serial rapists at the earliest stage of their offending. Its scope has since broadened to include the analysis by specialist staff of rapes, serious sexual assaults and motiveless or sexually motivated murders.

Steve is engaged in PhD studies at Cranfield University. He has also been awarded a Post Graduate Certificate in Information Operations by Cranfield University and a

a Post Graduate Certificate in Leadership & Change Management at Lancaster University. He is co-author of a chapter on ‘Countermarketing in a Wicked Problem Context - The Case of Cocaine’ published in ‘Demarketing’ (Bradley & Blythe, 2014).

On a general background note, Steve was originally a police officer serving in the Metropolitan Police Service. He has over 35 years law enforcement service and for the most part this was spent specialising in a proactive role combating organised crime by conducting covert investigations in both police squads and then latterly the National Crime Squad (NCS). Prior to transferring into SOCA Steve was a Detective Superintendent with the NCS on a regional operational command.

Steve was one of the designers of the National Intelligence Model for UK Law Enforcement. He also wrote the NCS Intelligence Manual. For about 5 years he led for the police service on the Home Office project that successfully implemented EU cross border surveillance for the UK as part of UK’s admission to the EU Schengen Acquis.

  • 2 December 2014

    Professional Development Policy Workshop for Behavioural Scientists

    In partnership with Cambridge Neuroscience, the Centre for Science and Policy is organising a workshop for early career researchers in neuroscience and behavioural sciences at the University of Cambridge. This event will take place at Downing College on the 2 December 2014.