Dr Martin Wright is currently the Academic Director of the Global Institute of Cyber, Intelligence and Security which is part of the Global University Systems group. He is responsible for the development of a suite of unaccredited short courses as well as awarding bearing programmes.
He was a police officer for 30 years before joining the University of Wolverhampton in 2008. At the university he was the Director of the Central Institute for the Study of Public Protection and Head of Department of Uniformed Services with responsibility for the BSc Policing degree, BSc Fire & Rescue degree and BSc Armed Forces degree. In 1999, he was the only police officer ever to be granted a Doctoral Scholarship by the Association of British Insurers to undertake research into radio links and public reassurance at the University of Leicester. In November 1999, he was appointed the police adviser to a three-year community policing research project in the Ukraine. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office commissioned the project under the ASSIST Challenge initiative, which was aimed at providing resources to overseas security forces to help them in the move towards democratisation. Martin has contributed to two strategic discussions held at St George’s House, Windsor Castle concerning the use of radio communication systems to enable community safety and the development of a national non-emergency telephone number. He is a former director of Region VII (International and Military) of the International Society of Crime Prevention Practitioners. He was a member of the National e-Crime Strategy Group and in November 2007 Martin was presented with a Certificate of Merit from the Society for the Policing of Cyberspace at an event held in Bangkok. In 2009 Martin was appointed an ERAS Fellow by the University of Wolverhampton to undertake research into public confidence in policing.
He has devised, and led upon a number of multi-agency major incident exercises. He is currently engaged in research into public confidence in the police. He is the book review editor of the Oxford University Press, academic journal Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice