Staff Profile


Ms Jessica Bombasaro-Brady

Senior Lecturer

School: School of Law, Policing and Social Sciences

Campus: To be Decided


Profile summary

Jessica is a Senior Lecturer and the Programme Director for the BSc Policing (in-service) degree.

She earned Master’s Degrees from King’s College London (2014) and LSE (2012), and served in the Metropolitan Police Service, concluding her service as a Detective Constable on the Homicide Command.

As a Met Police Officer, she worked in uniform response, linked-series squads, domestic abuse, international liaison, CID (Major Crime Unit), and MIT (Homicide). As a Detective on the Homicide Command, she served as a lead officer for: exhibits, FLO (family liaison), suspect interviewing, intelligence, and witness liaison. Her outstanding investigations earned her multiple commendations, a mentorship position to direct-entry detectives, and selection to train officers in improving victim care.

Whilst studying in the War Studies Department at King’s College London, Jessica developed an interest in security sector reform (SSR) in states emerging from armed conflict, particularly where police officers were active combatants. Jessica’s dissertation, ‘Policing the Peace: Police Reform and Sexual Violence in Bosnia' focused on police perpetration of war crimes during the 1992-1995 war, subsequent police reform, and the legacy of officers’ war crimes on public trust and accountability. She conducted extensive field work in the Balkans, interviewing police officers and victims of war crimes perpetrated by police-combatants. She presented her research at conferences, including the United Nations University in Iceland. Jessica is building on this research in her PhD in the War Studies Department at King's College London.

Jessica’s LSE dissertation, ‘Framing Race and Masculinities: African Migrant Protests and Political Responses in Italy’ explored Italian police and societal responses to African migrant protests, earning her a speaking engagement at the University of Bologna, Italy.

Previously, Jessica worked at York Women’s Prison in Connecticut, USA delivering decision-making courses, and in London delivering conflict resolution and violence prevention workshops to ex-offenders and homeless individuals.

Research and knowledge exchange

Current research areas:

  • Victim disengagement in domestic abuse cases
  • Reforming police using DDR (disarmament, demobilsation, reintegration) frameworks in conflict and post-conflict zones
  • International comparative policing
  • Police corruption
  • Social justice and policing

Teaching and subject expertise

  • Course Design: BSc Policing & Applied Security Studies
  • Victim engagement in policing 
  • Decision-making and conflict resolution  
  • Direct-Entry Detectives mentoring  
  • Prisoner education  
  • Re-integrating ex-offenders  

External activities

“Improving Victim Care.” Presentation to Police Response Teams, Lewisham Borough, London, (September-December 2018).

“Survival At Home: Queerness in Uganda.” Presentation at Human Rights Spotlight Conference, Connecticut College, (February 2011).

Publications and research outputs

“Policing at Peace? Police Reform, Sexual Violence, and Restoring Civic Trust in Bosnia-Herzegovina,” at Inclusive Peace: Women, Peace, and Security Post-2015 Conference, United Nations University, Reykjavik, Iceland (April 2016).                                                                                                                                             

“Framing Race and Masculinities: African Migrant Protests and Political Responses in Italy,” at Postfeminism? The Culture and Politics of Gender in the Age of Berlusconi Conference, University of Bologna, Italy (June 2012).              


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