Professor Jonathan Crego MBE

BSc (Hons) Ph.D (Salford) Sc.D (South Wales) Director of the Hydra Foundation

Visiting Professor

​Institute of Criminal Justice Studies

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Portsmouth

Visiting Professor

International Centre for Policing and Security, University of South Wales

Director of the Hydra Foundation

C.E.O Critical Simulations Ltd

Jonathan is the designer and owner of Hydra, Minerva and 10,000 Volts debriefing methodologies.

He has driven these methodologies for over 25 years In Policing, Fire Service, Counter Terrorism, Major Incident and Multi Agency management of critical incidents. He holds research Chairs at the University of Liverpool Institute of Psychology, Society and Health and the Department of Criminology at Portsmouth University. He has delivered over 350 debriefing events with expert practitioners in areas such as catastrophic disaster, child abuse and murder investigation

Awarded M.B.E by HM Queen Elizabeth II, for Service to Policing, 2009 


Policing the Legacy of Lawrence
Nathan Hall, John Grieve, Stephen Savage, Doreen Lawrence OBE Chapters: J Crego
Publisher: Willan (4 Feb 2009)
ISBN-10: 1843925052
ISBN-13: 978-1843925057

Policing Critical Incidents: Leadership and Critical Incident Management Laurence Alison, Jonathan Crego

Publisher: Willan (1 Feb 2008) ISBN-10: 1843922797 ISBN-13: 978-1843922797

Critical Incidents: Investigation, Management and Training (From Handbook of Criminal Investigation, P 572- 585, 2007, Tim Newburn, Tom Williamson, and Alan Wright, eds. -- See NCJ-220829)
Author(s): John Grieve ; Jonathan Crego ; Bill Griffiths
Publisher: Willan (1 May 2007)

ISBN-10: 1843921871 ISBN-13: 978-1843921875


Ph.D in Immersive Learning Environments Salford University

Bachelor of Science. (1st Class Hons), Computer Science, joint Hons. with Education Middlesex University,

Certificate in Education, Middlesex University

H.N.D Mechanical Engineering College of East London

Academic Papers

Facilitating interoperability: maintaining clear superordinate goals, reducing task complexity, and optimizing team size to ensure inter-agency action implementation in critical incident decisions Journal: Journal of Behavioral Decision Making
Alison, Laurence; University of Liverpool, Psychology
Power, Nicola; University of Liverpool, Psychology
van den Heuvel, Claudia; University of Liverpool, Psychology
Humann, Michael; University of Liverpool, Psychology
Palasinski, Marek; University of Liverpool, Psychology
Crego, Jonathan; University of Liverpool, Psychology

How Uncertainty and Accountability can Derail Strategic ‘Save Life’ Decisions in Counter‐Terrorism Simulations: A Descriptive Model of Choice Deferral and Omission Bias

Claudia van den Heuvel, Laurence Alison, Jonathan Crego
School of Psychology, University of Liverpool, Liverpool, UK
Journal of Behavioral Decision Making (Impact Factor: 2.84). 12/2010
Control and legacy as functions of perceived criticality in major incidents
Jonathan Crego, Laurence Alison
Journal of Investigative Psychology and Offender Profiling (Impact Factor: 0.53). 05/2004;

Alison, L. & Crego, J (Submitted). Non Source Attributable Focus Groups for Critical Incidents: A Method for Cathartic Release and Facilitative Debriefs. Military Psychology

Crego, J & Alison, L: Operation Fincham 10,000-Volt Debrief (Briefing Report): April 2004 – Bishard Enquiry

Crego, J & Alison, L: Operation Fincham 10,000-Volt Debrief (Briefing Report): May 2004 - Sir Ronny Flannigan’s HMIC Enquiry

Crego, J: Metropolitan Police New Scotland Yard: Hydra Debrief – Athens Hijack: 6 April 2004, Foreign and Commonwealth Office Athens

Crego, J, Harrison, A, Johns, N, Henson, J & Alison, L: Operation Fincham 10,000-Volt Debrief Part 1 – Learning from Experience: Perspectives from the team that delivered: March 2004

Crego, J, Grieve, J & Griffiths, W: Strategic Management of Critical Incidents 10,000 Volt Workshop: Leicester Hilton 18-20 January 2004 National Crime and Operations Faculty NCPE, Centrex.

Crego, J with Grieve, J, Griffiths, W: Identification of Key Issues for Best Practice Post “The Secret Policeman” Documentary: Results from an Electronic Focus Group: 9 December 2003, Metropolitan Police Race and Hate Crime Directorate

Crego, J, Newland, P & Creed, C: Paper in the proceedings of the 1st International CAiiA Research Conference, "CONSCIOUSNESS REFRAMED - art and consciousness in the post-biological era": 5-6 July 1997

Crego, C: Critical Incident Management: Engendering Experience through Simulation: 1996 Salford, PhD Thesis

Crego, J & Powell, J, The Exercising of Critical Decision Makers and their Teams: A Simulation Approach Using Digital Video And A Multi-Station Computer Network Society of Applied Learning Technologies Conference Proceedings Orlando September 1996

Crego, J: Wisdom’s Way : Police Review, 28 July 1995

Crego, J & Powell, J: Simulated Environments for the Exercising of Critical Decision Makers: Utilizing Networked Multimedia. Journal of Instruction Delivery Systems: Spring 1995

Crego, J: Public Order Training: Metropolitan Journal: March 1993