DS Carolyn Wilson
I joined Crime Command in 2010 with almost 4 years’ experience as a Police Constable. The first part of my career as a Detective was spent in the main office CID. I was immediately hooked on what CID had to offer. I loved investigating serious and complex crimes. I loved the “all hands to the pump” response when a live job came in, such as a murder investigation or a stranger rape for example. I enjoyed working as a team but equally enjoyed being able to investigate a job allocated to me from start to finish and make it mine.
In 2012, I was appointed lead investigator for a major investigation into the Gross Negligence Manslaughter of a patient in a healthcare setting. I conducted in depth interviews with senior Doctors and medical staff and worked from the Major Incident Room which gave me an interest in major investigations.
I then moved into the Public Protection Unit in 2015 where I achieved the highest standard of interview training for both suspects and vulnerable witnesses. I completed the Specialist Child Abuse Investigators Development Programme (SCADIP) which enabled me to investigate serious crimes against children such as neglect, sexual abuse, serious harm and often death. I also trained to be a Family Liaison Officer supporting families of victims of homicide.
During my time in Public Protection, I was OIC for a historic sexual abuse case involving a number of complainants and offenders. Once again I worked out of the Major Incident Room with a team of other Detectives and Civilian staff.
I love supporting victims, working closely with partners and doing everything possible to bring offenders to justice. Many of our investigations are challenging and involve the most vulnerable members of society. Even after 11 years, I still get a buzz when I am rewarded for a good investigation with a significant sentence at court.
I was also a tutor in Crime Command for a number of years and enjoyed welcoming and supporting keen investigators into the department and seeing them develop.
I have recently been promoted to Detective Sergeant in the West Crime and Safeguarding Team. This has brought a whole new and enjoyable challenge. I manage a team of 6 Detectives investigating some of the most serious crimes such as violent robberies, serious sexual offences, child abuse and murder.
The role of a Detective Constable and Detective Sergeant can involve some long and unsociable hours. I enjoy the unpredictability and the interesting nature of the job, so this, along with doing our absolute best to bring offenders to justice and support some of the most vulnerable members of our community, makes the long hours worthwhile.