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Dr Ian Oliver

Dr Ian Oliver is an international consultant for the United Nations, former Chief Constable of Central Scotland Police, a board member of International Scientific & Medical Advisory Forum on Drug Abuse, an appointed life member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police and an elected Member of Institute on Global Drug Policy.


  • 2006 Drug Training Consultant to The Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen
  • 2005 Drug Training Consultant to Aberdeen College of F.E.
  • Consultant for Decision Strategies plc. 2003 – 2005
  • International Consultant –  United Nations & Europe from 1998 –
  • Visiting Lecturer – University of Teesside.1999-2003.
  • Police Service  1961–1998  London Metropolitan Police, Northumbria Police, Central Scotland Police and Grampian Police:-
  • 1990 – 1998 Chief Constable, Grampian Police with special responsibilities for security of the Royal Court at Balmoral; and for the North Sea Oil Industry.
  • 1979 – 1990 Chief Constable, Central Scotland Police with particular responsibility for the Oil Refineries and industry at Grangemouth.
  • 1977 – 1979  Northumbria Police – Ch.Supt and Asst Chief Constable
  • 1961 – 1977  Metropolitan Police constable to Superintendent.
  • 1959 – 1961Regular OfficerRoyal Air Force. U/T Aircrew.
  • 1958 – 1959 Trainee Company Secretary.

Elected President, Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland twice.

Elected the International Vice President, International Association of Chiefs of Police.  

Awarded the Queen’s Police Medal (QPM.) for Distinguished Police Service.

Committee Work: –

In addition to the financial direction of multi-million pound budgets and the operational control of police forces, much of Dr. Oliver’s work as a Chief Officer was concerned with both national and international affairs. He has an extremely wide and varied experience in Chairmanship and membership of committees. In particular he was Chairman of the Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland Committees on Crime, Discipline, Traffic, and General Purposes. He was a member of the committees on Terrorism, Firearms, Training, Criminal Record Office, the Scottish Crime Squad, Emergencies Planning, General Interests, Communications and the Police Advisory Board for Scotland. Additionally he was a member of corresponding committees in England & Wales. Dr. Oliver was a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police committees on International Policy, Terrorism, Juvenile Justice, and Firearms.

Nationally – appointed by the Secretary of State to be Police Zone Commander (Northern) in time of war.

Member of the Home Secretary’s Consultative Committee on Firearms 1989-98.

Member of the Special Steering Group for Monitoring Royalty Protection.

Member of the Service Authority for the National Criminal Intelligence Service.

Other appointments: –

  • Chairman – Bramshill Police College Association.
  • Clerk to the Sir James Duncan Medal Trust.
  • Member, Executive Committee, Order of St. John.
  • Chairman – Key Trust, a charity for mentally handicapped.
  • Member, Royal Jubilee, and Prince’s Trust.
  • Member, Scottish Assn. for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders. (SACRO.).
  • Council member, St. Andrew’s Ambulance Association.
  • Member Editorial Board Criminal Law Review 1989-1998.
  • Chairman, Police Lifeboat Appeal 1990 – 1992.
  • Fellow Royal Society of Arts (FRSA.) 1993.
  • Board member, International Scientific & Medical Advisory Forum on Drug Abuse.
  • Appointed Life Member International Assn. of Chiefs of Police 2000.
  • Elected Member of Institute on Global Drug Policy 2001

International work:

Apart from numerous International Policing and Criminal Justice Conferences, Dr. Oliver has attended the following: –

  • Commonwealth Foundation Bursary to Kenya. 1972
  • International Criminal Justice Consortium, New York. 1982.
  • Lecture tour U.S. Universities. 1983.
  • Keynote speaker Canadian Assn. Chiefs of Police “Policing a multicultural society.” 1985.
  • Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship to North America to examine Drug Education Programmes. 1986.
  • International Criminal Justice Consortium advising on policing in Russia. 1993.
  • U.K. Delegate to conference on Police and Human Rights, Geneva 1994.
  • Adviser to Zimbabwe Republic Police between 1995-1997.
  • Advisory visits to United Arab Emirates 1998/99.
  • 1999 United Nations Drug Control Programme – adviser to Tajikistan, assisting to establish a Drug Control Agency.
  • 2000 Consultant/Trainer for the Phare (Enlargement of the EU) Programme in Hungary.
  • 2000 UNDCP Consultant – Vietnam, Tajikistan, USA, Thailand, China, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar
  • 2003 UNODC Consultant – Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, China.
  • 2003 UNODC Consultant – Kyrgyzstan assisting with the establishment of a Drug Control Agency.
  • 2003 UNODC Consultant to Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.
  • 2003 Appointed Consultant for Decision Strategies.
  • 2004 Team Leader for UN Evaluation of Anti-Drug Strategy, Iran

He has been a visiting lecturer at the University of Teesside on Ethics and Drugs and has lectured at St Andrew’s University Centre for Terrorism on the inter-relationship between Drug Trafficking and Terrorism.

Publications: –

  • “The Metropolitan Police Approach to the Prosecution of Juvenile Offenders”, published by Peel Press, 1978.
  • “Police, Government and Accountability” first published 1987, second edition 1996, by MacMillan.
  • A weekly column for the Press and Journal Newspaper.2001 –

His most recent book “Drug Affliction” is easily read and understood and gives the kind of information that everyone should know about the facts and mythology surrounding the most common drugs of abuse.

It is both valuable and essential reading because it addresses some of the populist arguments that suggest that “the war on drugs has been lost and so all drugs should be legalised”; it gives the facts about so-called medical cannabis and it describes how the superficially attractive sounding policy of “harm reduction” has been hi-jacked in the most cynical way by those who seek to legalise drugs. It is not a text book in the classical sense but has been written for anyone, either the professionals who need knowledge about drugs in their daily work or the concerned private person who is worried about family members and the effects that drugs may have on their lives.

This book reveals the mystery about drugs and enables all who read it to understand the issues and engage in informed discussions about a subject that has presented us with one of the most damaging and enduring social problems ever to confront the human race.