Met officer named as New Trainee Detective of the year

12 October 2018

A Metropolitan Police officer, who cannot be named, was awarded the New Trainee Detective of the year for his efforts in tackling hate crime, including against disabled people.

The officer, who has undertaken a plethora of detective roles in the last three years, is widely recognised for his tenacity and victim-focussed approach.

He was presented with the national award at the Police Federation National Detectives’ Form (PFNDF) on Thursday in Manchester.

The officer obtained the first domestic violence protection order in the capital and has frequently gone beyond his role profile to build relationships and trust with communities.

As a member of the Child Sexual Exploitation Unit, the DC managed a caseload of up to 60 investigations simultaneously.

He obtained disclosures from young people previously unwilling to detail their experiences and visited social care professionals in his own time.

He exposed a London wide sexual exploitation of children in “hotel parties” – piecing together information to identify a perpetrator network.

In 2017 he switched trajectory and joined the new Venice Investigation Team, tackling the rise of Moped-enabled crime across the capital.

DC Hannah Marren from Merseyside was awarded second place for successfully steering cases through to charge and conviction. 

She further excelled as part of a Test Purchase Operation in Liverpool where she championed the use of new seizure powers, wrote operational orders and briefed search teams.

DC Marren was subsequently posted to the Reactive CID division, which deals with the most serious crimes.

Placed third in this category was DC Nicholas McCullogh of West Midlands Police, a trainee investigator who excelled as the officer in charge of two major investigations which concluded this year.

Notably, DC McCullogh investigated a case of abduction at gunpoint – where the victim had been taken to wasteland, beaten and subjected to a mock execution.

Three of the suspects were prominent local gang members and the victim and his family were subjected to a sustained campaign of intimidation and violence.

The case came dangerously close to collapse but the officer refused to accept defeat. He arranged for the victim and his family to be protected and secured the successful conviction and jailing of those responsible.