Dr Penny Woolnough

Dr Penny Woolnough

Dr Penny Woolnough is a co-investigator on the project and is Senior Research Officer for Police Scotland. She is an Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Social Sciences at the University of Dundee and Visiting Lecturer at Glasgow Caledonian University..

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Penny has over fifteen years of applied policing research experience, including work with Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (England and Wales) and the Home Office Research Development & Statistics Directorate. She is a Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society. In 2004 she was awarded a Fulbright Commission Police Studies Fellowship to study missing person behaviour in the US. Her research on missing persons has won awards from the International Association of Chiefs of Police and Scottish Policing Awards. She is an Expert Advisor to the National Policing Improvement Agency on matters relating to missing persons.


Police Policy & Practice Publications

Grampian Police (2007) Missing Persons: Understanding, Planning, Responding - A Guide for Police Officers. Aberdeen, Grampian Police. (This document can be downloaded here.)

Association of Chief Police Officers (2006) Practice Advice on Search Management and Procedures. Wyboston, National Policing Improvement Agency.

Invited Talks (selected)

Woolnough, P.S. (2010) “Missing Children - Statistically Assessing the risks”, 28th Meeting of the Interpol Specialist Group on Crimes Against Children, Lyon, France.

Woolnough, P.S. (2009) 'Assessing the Risk: Implications for Missing Child Alert Systems'. 27th Meeting of the Interpol Crimes Against Children Working Group, Lyon, France.

Woolnough, P.S. (2008) 'Missing Persons: Understanding, Planning & Responding'. Invited talk, Applied Forensic & Investigative Psychology as a Practical Tool for Law Enforcement, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland.

Gibb, G. J. & Woolnough, P. S. (2006) 'Missing or Murdered?'. National Senior Investigating Officers' Conference, October 2006, Scottish Police College.

Economic and Social Research Council University of Glasgow University of Dundee Scottish Institute for Policing Research