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CRIME FIGHTERS; World criminology experts to meet at University.

Byline: By NEIL ATKINSON News Editor

TOP crime experts from across the world are coming to town.

Huddersfield University is to host the British Society of Criminology annual conference next month.

The society aims to further the interests and knowledge of both academics and professionals who are engaged in criminological research and education.

The conference is being organised by the university's Applied Criminology Centre.

The event reflects both the society and the centre's commitment to building links between research and practice.

The event will highlight the excellence of contemporary research in subjects such as crime prevention, youth justice and the rehabilitation of offenders.

It will also provide a forum for incisive debate between academics, practitioners and policy makers.

Crime and anti-social behaviour are topics that regularly dominate the media and the debates will throw light on some of the issues that generate so much public anxiety and interest.

Prof Alex Hirschfield, the centre's director, said: "This is a tremendous opportunity to raise the profile of the university and that of Huddersfield.

"Criminology is such a topical subject that there is hardly a day that goes by when it is not the lead story on TV or in newspapers.

"That's all the more reason to be objective about what's going on, to avoid exaggerating the risks of being caught up in crime.

"Criminology can help keep our feet firmly on the ground when it comes to crime."

The international event boasts more than 350 delegates from all over the world, including speakers Prof Julian Roberts from Oxford University, Sandra Walklate from Liverpool University, and Martin Narey, the chief executive of the Barnados charity.

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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Jun 19, 2008
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