Dean originally joined Lancashire Constabulary in 1994 and became a Detective in 1999. During his Detective career, Dean has worked within Re-active CID, Counter Terrorism Branch, Intelligence and undertaken an external secondment to the National Crime Squad.
As a senior Detective, Dean has worked within a Basic Command Unit and also specialised within Force Major Incident Team, Public Protection Unit and the North West Regional Organised Crime unit (ROCU).
Dean has lead numerous major investigations, including high profile cases such as the Sophie Lancaster ‘Goth’ Murder in Bacup in 2007, the domestic murder of a local Chorley solicitor David Edwards in 2015 and the murder of baby Daisy Mae Burrill in Fleetwood 2016.
Dean transferred to Cumbria in June 2017 as the Director of Intelligence (Superintendent) and took up the role of Detective Superintendent and Head of Crime in June 2019.
Dean is married to a Lancashire Police Officer, has three children and two grandchildren and lives in Blackburn where he is a keen Blackburn Rovers supporter.