Sussex DCI wins national award for Services to Detectives

11 October 2018

An outstanding role model DCI from Sussex Police has been awarded the national Services to Detectives of the Year Award at a prestigious awards ceremony in Manchester.

DCI Clare Shiel was presented with the award at the Police Federation National Detectives’ Forum (PFNDF) awards ceremony on Thursday in Manchester.

Having served as a detective since 1995 and at detective inspector since 2005. DCI Shiel’s successes include Operation Adio – an investigation into the activities of a protest group with a long history of civil claims against Sussex Police.

DCI Shiel ensured that claims were robustly challenged and saved approximately £100,000, as well as securing convictions.

She led an operation to recover a victim of Modern Slavery, and a woman who had been kept as a slave in appalling conditions for almost two decades, was reunited with her children and grandchildren in Indonesia.

DCI Shiel’s focus in driving the intensive supervision of the most persistent and problematic offenders has ensured a tight grip on those causing the most harm locally.

On receiving the award, DCI Shiel said: “I'm overwhelmed, I didn't expect to win.  I didn't even expect to be nominated.  I'm really chuffed and humbled.

"It takes years to become skilled at your craft.  I've been a detective 23 years and I am still learning now."

A DS from Suffolk, who cannot be named, was awarded 2nd place in this category for developing proactive teams and being enquiry team leader for high profile, complex and often harrowing investigations.

The officer’s busy workload over the past year has included investigations of five deaths for the Coroner, six homicides, two industrial accident deaths and two manslaughter investigations – as well as tackling high risk missing person cases, a rape and the attempted murder of a man by his partner’s family.

The officer has travelled abroad to ensure the smooth extradition of a foreign national wanted for a double homicide in Suffolk.

And he provided expertise and assistance to colleagues investigating the discovery of a large haul of firearms and potential explosives in Ipswich.

DC Trudi Rogerson from Staffordshire Police was awarded third place. An officer with over 36 years’ service in operational role, DC Rogerson was one of the first female officers in her force to join CID in 1988, and is regarded by her colleagues as having an unparalleled experience of criminal investigations.

Her skill at forming bonds of trust with vulnerable witnesses is highly regarded.

DC Rogerson, the longest serving female detective in Staffordshire Police, is an acknowledged expert in family liaison and has formed ties and bonds that last well beyond the impact of an initial incident. And senior Investigating officers regularly call upon her services when vulnerable girls and women are involved.

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