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60 senior detectives attend knowledge-sharing event

L to R: Liam Osborne, CC Gareth Wilson, Kevin Macey and CC Stephen Kavanagh
More than 60 senior detectives from across the Eastern Region have got together to share their experiences of investigating major crime.

Senior detectives from the Essex, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, Kent, Suffolk and Norfolk forces met in Chelmsford on Monday, February 26, to discuss historical cases and share best practice.

These Senior Investigating Officers lead major and serious crime investigations in the seven forces in the Eastern Region. They determine the lines of enquiry that their team will take and the direction of the investigation and overseeing the support given to victims’ families. This support is provided by Family Liaison Officers, another detective role.

Guest speakers, including Essex Chief Constable Stephen Kavanagh and Suffolk Chief Constable Gareth Wilson, talked about high-profile and historical cases they’ve worked on, including murder investigations and sexual abuse cases.

Essex Police’s Lead for Investigative Development, Liam Osborne, organised the event. He said: “Our senior detectives deal with complex cases. It’s important to help develop them so they can improve the service they provide to victims and their families.

“Part of my role is to help them learn from colleagues, including detectives from other forces. Hearing about other experiences will help them to improve how we deal with future investigations.

“This event is just one example of how Essex Police continually works to develop our officers and staff in their roles.”

Mr Kavanagh said: “Some cases can take more than a decade to conclude, so days like today are important to help senior detectives across the region to learn from the past and pass on this learning to the new generation of detectives.”

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