Major crime

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The Major Crime Unit brings together the expertise of detectives from Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire. The 170–strong dedicated team works across the three counties to give greater capacity for responding to the most serious crimes, such as murder and kidnap.

When you consider the levels of population in Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire, it is fair to point out that major crimes of this kind are uncommon and that very few members of the community will ever come into contact with detectives, officers or staff from the unit.

However, the unit is very aware of the impact that this sort of crime can have on the families and friends of those involved – as well as the wider community. We work hard to provide support, guidance and reassurance to anyone affected by such an event. And of course, we strive to bring those responsible to justice.

It is made up of two teams led by Detective Chief Inspectors, one based at Cambridgshire Police Headquarters and the other at Hertfordshire Police Headquarters at Welwyn garden City.

These teams are supported by the Specialist Investigation Command which contains Intelligence, HOLMES (Home Office Large Major Enquiry System), CCTV, Family Liaison and Investigative Interviewing expertise.

In addition the Major Crime Unit have a unit dedicated to cold case investigations, and statutory and non–statutory review work.

If you have information about a major crime in your area contact the unit on 101.

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