Training and Consultancy Services

Offering you specialist training and consultancy services in organised crime.

Founded by Chris Allen, Criminis offers professional training courses on organised crime, as well as consultancy services on investigative strategy analysis using the U BATTLE toolkit, and other organised crime research projects. We also provide expert witness services.


Offering our specialist insight into organised crime, Criminis is s also the commercial home of the U BATTLE tool kit, enquiries for project work are welcom


Criminis provides professional short training courses on transnational organised crime, in association with the Buckingham University Centre for Inteligence and Security Studies

Current Criminis projects

  • Cote D'Ivoire Government/ Le Centre Africain de Management et Perfectionnement des Cadres, in Association with the University of Buckingham- Two one-week training courses on Transnational Organised Crime, due to be delivered in Spring 2021

  • Hawkesford consultancy- Criminal Business Profiling 2.0- using machine learning to automate the U BATTLE analysis process

  • Providing comment pieces on the latest cybercrime trends and how businesses can protect themselves- SC Magazine

  • Producing comment pieces on trends in organised crime- Policing Insight

  • Providing Organised Crime workshops and speaking sessions- The Investigator

Meet Chris


Chris Allen is a researcher lecturer and consultant specialising in transnational organised crime and how it is policed.

He is currently a PhD Scholar at the Liverpool Centre of Advanced Policing Studies, Liverpool John Moores University, where he is examining the application of business analysis techniques to organised crime groups, particularly those involved in drugs.

In parallel with this he worked with several areas of law enforcement, including City of London Police, the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit and the National Police Chiefs' Council on Project U BATTLE- the practical application of these techniques for a policing purpose.

Chris, has spoken about U BATTLE at more than 10 conferences over the last 18 months, both in the UK and globally.

The U BATTLE toolkit is now an independent product operated by Criminis Training and Consultancy Services- of which he is Director. He has recently completed a period of consultancy for the Intellectual Property Office Intelligence Hub, looking at how best to integrate U BATTLE into their investigation processes.

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Professional experience

Chris is a member of the NPCC Intelligence Practice Research Consortium, the European Political Research Consortium Standing Group on Organised Crime and the Society of Evidence Based Policing. He is also a member of the International Association for the Study of Criminology

He holds an MA Distinction in Terrorism and International Crime from Coventry University and a Level 7 qualification in Professional Consulting from the Charted Management Institute and is co Author of the July 2020 report An evaluation of the UK’s Proceeds of Crime Centre by the Liverpool Centre of Advanced Policing Studies.

From January 2020, he will be running the new in MA Transnational Organised Crime at the University of Buckingham. This is a course that he specifically designed to fit in with the demands of law enforcement professionals.

Prior to embarking on his PhD, he worked for the City of London Police as an analyst and researcher in the Economic Crime Directorate policing think-tank, The Police Foundation, and as a journalist for Police Professional.

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