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Neil James

Career Achievements, Expertise, Awards and Qualifications

With over 40 years policing experience, Neil James is a former Detective Chief Superintendent, Head of Crime in Nottinghamshire Police holding responsibility for Homicide, Serious & Organised Crime, Scientific Support and Public Protection.

As a member of the ACPO Homicide Working Group he led nationally for responding to deaths in military and prison establishments and chaired the Professional Development Committee. He was also engaged in de-briefing several high profile investigations.

Previously he served in West Midlands Police and as a Senior Investigating Officer at the nationally accredited standards of Professionalising Investigations Programme (PIP) Level 3, led a number of high profile and sensitive enquiries including homicides, kidnap/extortion and counter terrorism.

On behalf of the National Police Chiefs Council & College of Policing, Neil designed and delivered the PIP Level 4 training programme aimed at chief officers and senior detectives, focusing on the strategic management of high profile, complex major enquiries. He introduced a structured Continuous Professional Development regime focusing on challenging, contemporary policing issues.

Neil has extensive experience in major crime reviews including from an international dimension. Most recently he has reviewed a live, albeit historic, politically sensitive investigation and furthermore conducted an analysis of historic bombings, shootings and murders. He has conducted peer reviews on behalf of the College of Policing and led force inspections for Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary.  

Neil has vast and recent experience within National Counter Terrorism Policing including the training roll out of a national intelligence system, de-briefing operations and broader CT organisational developments.

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