Specialist Crime

A Scenes of Crime officer analysing fingerprints in one of the Scientific Investigation Unit labs. A computer screen shows the fingerprints whilst the officer looks through a microscope.

Specialist Crime Investigations

The Specialist Crime department takes the lead on all murder investigations and other serious offences where a life is at risk.

Investigations are led by experienced officers of senior ranks, who run the Incident Room and direct the detectives on the ground.

The department also investigates organised crime groups. Using intelligence to identify the ‘career’ criminals, the team stop them causing harm to our communities by arresting them and putting them before the courts.

We often appeal to the public to help us solve crime. Read our latest appeals for information in @swpolice News to help officers on the case.

Intelligence Directorate

The Intelligence Directorate manages the flow of intelligence between the force and our colleagues on a national and international level.

As well as seeking out new intelligence and analysing the information that comes in, the team provides intelligence links throughout theUKprison network and identifies the organised crime groups that cause the most harm to our communities.

Public Protection Unit

This unit assists local officers with some of the most sensitive criminal investigations, providing strategic support and guidance for cases such as child protection, domestic abuse, sexual offences, missing people and mental health.

The department also participates in MAPPA (Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements) with the probation service to effectively manage risks posed by violent and sexual offenders living in the force area.

We work with statutory partners and voluntary agencies long after a case is closed in court to look after the wellbeing of victims and the general public.

Economic Crime Unit

The Economic Crime Unit is another integral part of the department. They investigate serious fraud and money laundering, and work to confiscate the assets criminals have gained through breaking the law.

Covert Operations Management Unit

In some criminal investigations, using covert tactics is essential for officers to gather enough evidence to bring a case to court.

The Covert Operations Management Unit has responsibility for the legal and corporate management of these techniques, ensuring they comply with the Human Rights Act 1998 and Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000.

Covert tactics might be used in all types of criminal investigation, from tackling anti-social behaviour through to combating terrorism.