Department of Security Studies and Criminology

Vince Hurley

Associate Lecturer


Vince came to the Dept. of Security Studies & Criminology in March 2010 after 29 years in the NSW Police Force. In that time he did operational (street) policing at Mt.Druitt, Blacktown, St.Marys and Penrith and later as a Detective at these locations also. He later worked as Detective investigating national and international cocaine trafficking and the manufacturing of amphetamine and Ecstasy as a covert police officer. He worked in organised crime unit carry out highly sensitive covert investigations into police corruption and organised crime in NSW and interstate. 

Vince was the Director of Detective Training for the NSW Police Force and lectured on the same, training police who wanted to be Detectives. He was a hostage negotiator for 8 years and was seconded as an advisor to the Department of Premier and Cabinet, the Police Minister on domestic violence legislation and policy reform as well as developing statewide policing strategies to reduce crime in NSW. He was attached to the NSW Police Audit and Governance Unit reviewing HR structures, internal administrative system and processes and thematic crime type reviews throughout NSW Police Force.

Vince received a Highly Commended Award in 2008 from the NSW State Premier in the NSW Public Sector Awards for Excellence for his work into Domestic Violence Reform and in 2007 he won the National Award from Australian Institute of Criminology as Change Manager in addressing Domestic Violence in NSW. He has received 2 Commissioners Commendation for Bravery saving the lives of 6 people trapped in flood waters and an 80 year old lady trapped in a burning house. He has also received the Australian Capital Territory Emergency Services Medal for work carried out into the 2003 Canberra Bushfires.


He is currently is doing his PhD into Policing in the Age of Austerity. He holds a B.Soc.Sci (Criminology & Psychology) Mast of Business Admin; Grad Cert University Teaching and Learning and Grad Cert Emergency Management (Charles Sturt).

  • PICT 806  Police Leadership & Governance
  • PICT 842  Strategic Law Enforcement
  • PICT 843  International Policing Systems
  • PICT 202  Policing & Crime 
  • PICT 213  National Resilience: Crisis Response & Emergency Management 
  • PICT 847  Supervision Projection in Security Studies
Research Interest

Policing as a Business and The future functions of the Police and Policing. Outside his immediate sphere of policing, he conducts research into the dynamics of bushfires.

Media Appearances
  • 'The Project' ,  Channel 10,  July 2011.  Bushfires & Arson
  • ABC News 24,  October 2013. Blue Mountains Bushfires
  • Al Jazeera English News,  December 2014. Martin Place café siege
  • 2UE Mornings.  May 2015. NSW Parliamentary Inquiry into Operation Prospect. Bugging of police telephone phone conversations
  • 2 SER 'The Wire'. June 2015. Police corruption in NSW.
  • ABC 24 on Coronial Findings of Lindt Cafe Siege. May 2017
  • ABC 7pm News on Coronial Findings of Lindt Cafe Siege. May 2017
  • Channel 10 News on Role of Hostage Negotators in the Lindt Cafe Siege. May 2017
  • 2SER. Role of Hostage Negotators in the Lindt Cafe Siege. May 2017


Vince Hurley

Contact Information:
Phone: +61 (0) 2 9850 1447
Office location:
Level 2, South Wing, 
Australian Hearing Hub
Macquarie University NSW 2109