Bill Tupman's Webpages

"The dogs bark and the caravan moves on"



Comparative Government
Eastern Europe
Policing Transnational Crime
Comparative 2
International Politics
Community Safety
Transnational Crime
Terrorism and Organised Crime
Justice and Home Affairs


I am now a University Fellow, but continue to supervise PhD students, particularly in the areas of community-based responses to "terrorism" and trafficking in human beings. We call ourselves the Community Safety Research Group.

I also provide occasional modules in emergencies!

I am originally a Soviet specialist with an interest in guerilla warfare, both urban and rural and, consequently in countr-insurgency. In a long and varied career, I have worked on policing in the UK and elsewhere and have taught on organised crime, financial crime and corruption. Outside the University,I have taught on courses run by the Army Education Corps preparing Army officers for the Staff College Entrance exam. I was involved in the Police Inspectors development course
I took early retirement in July 2005. I continue to write, but am increasingly interested in travel. I am looking for overseas consultancy opportunities and aim to deliver short courses to practitioners. I miss the one week module we used to deliver to the part-time Police Studies M.A. students!

This site was originally designed to back up my teaching iin the Department of Politics at the University of Exeter. The first attempt with all its links relevant to European Policing is still visible here. I then created modules on Comparative Government and Eastern Europe

Other modules followed and can be found via the sidebar

. Students studying crossborder crime and policing in the Third Year suggested that they would like a website to be part of the assessment for their module, and the results with many useful links at the end of each site can be seen here.

I became Director of the Centre for Police Studies in 1985, returning to the Politics Department in 1996.

I am always fascinated to hear of the activities of former students, both from Politics and from Police studies. Please contact me at

My research is now mostly on the areas of Terrorism, Organised Crime and the cross-border police response.

Working papers relating to my research are available on this site.

Evaluation research also interests me. Eric Chui [Chui Winghong] and Colin Farlow worked with me to produce two evaluation reports for the Home Office and Avon and Somerset Constabulary between 2000 and 2002. We set up the Unit for Research on Community Safety.