Nick Mills

Lecturer in Health, Education, Policing and Sciences - Staffordshire University

Nick is a lecturer in the Institute of Policing with a background in investigating serious, complex, and major crime having retired from West Midlands Police after 30 years’ service at the end of 2021.

Nick started in Policing in 1991 and within 5 years was working in the homicide team as a qualified detective. After several years working in homicide, in the main as a specialist intelligence operative, he moved into the cold case review team where he reviewed unsolved live homicide investigations and historic unsolved homicide and stranger rape cases.

The review work was where he developed my interest in the decision-making process within serious and major crime investigations. Being lucky enough to review, and bring to court, cases dating back as far as 1967 he was able to access the investigative decision-making process across half a century of unsolved cases.

More recently Nick worked in the Investigative training department where he was promoted to lead a team of 20 detectives delivering investigative training to new recruits, new detectives and senior detectives within the force. While in this role he completed his postgraduate certificate in higher and professional education with Staffordshire University.