Mick Creedon

Mick CreedonI joined Leicestershire Constabluary in 1980 and served in various parts of the force as patrol constable and detective until promotion in 1985. I was a detective Sergeant between 1985 and 1991, and amongst my most significant investigations were the 1987 helecopter escape from HMP Gartree and the 'Frank Beck' child abuse investigation between 1988 and 1991 - one of the first of its kind into systematic abuse in casre homes (over 300 victims between 1973 and 1986).

I served as a Detective Inspector between 1993 - 1996, working in the areas of both volume crime investigation and major crime. In this time I contributed to the Police research Paper 16, the Police Inverstigations into Burglary and Auto Crime (Gloria Laycock, Martin Gill and Jerry Hart). I was a partnership and performance Chief Inspector in 1996, and from 1997 - 2000 worked as a Senior Investigating Officer (Detective Chief Inspector and Detective Superintendent) leading on homicide and organised crime investigations in the force.

In 2000 I took overall charge of the South Area of the force (BCU command), and in 2001 became the Assistant Chief Constable responsible for all crime and operations. Following the 2002 Strategic Command Course, in 2003 I was appointed as Assistant Chief Constable in Derbyshire, again responsible for all crime and operations, with an overall strategic lead for the East Midlands region for serious and organised crime and multi-force specialist covert operations. In 2006 I became the first ACPO national coordinator for serious and organised crime, and then in 2007 was appointed Chief Constable in Derbyshire.

This current position has a range of responsibilities that include overall executive lead for the force with full responsibility for operational performance, finance, partnership workings and developing the organisation to deal with current and future challenges. In addition to leading the force my responsibilities include the East Midlands regional crime tasking procedures and overall lead for the regional specialist crime assets - including the East Midlands Special Operations Unit (EMSOU) and East Midlands Counter Terrorist Intelligence Unit (EMCTIU). In addition to force and regional responsibilities, I am the national ACPO portfolio and policy lead for Proceeds of Crime and Asset Recovery, for Kidnap and Extortion and for Investigative Interviewing.

I have been involved in many national strategic reviews and working groups, involving issues such as intercept modernisation, counter terrorism, serious organised crime, asset recovery and financial investigation. This involves close contact with other agencies - particularly the Home Office, SOCA and HM Revenue and Customs. I have led numerous major and serious crime investigations, including a number of police corruption cases, and have carried out several reviews into external forces, including the Rhys Jones murder in Merseyside.

In 2007, whilst working in my national role, I introduced the concept of mapping Organised Crime Groups (OCG) with the idea of properly mapping the threat to the UK form serious and organised criminality - something that had never been done despite many years of professionals and academics talking about this. This approach presented a whole new way of working, but has now progressed and the policing data is increasingly being supplemented by other agency intelligence, and through this the UK now has a better perspective and understanding than ever before - reflected in the recent Cabinet Office review of this subject - 'Extending Our Reach - A Comprehensive Approach to tackling Serious Organised Crime'.

Over recent years I have led the development of specialist teams to address specific complex policing issues - the growth of these has become all the more important given the growing demands on policing and the 'gap' identified by many but documented by HMIC Denis O'Connor in 2005. These units include:

  • The East Midlands Special Operations Unit - a multi force and multi agency unit providing covert and specialist policing to address serious and organised crime.
  • The East Midlands Counter Intelligence Unit - similar to the above and providing specialist support to the regional forces and the national effort to counter the terrorist threat to the UK.
  • The Regional Intelligence Units - a unit based in each of the 9 policing regions of the UK and providing the capacity and capability to work across force and agency boundaries combating serious and organised crime.
  • The Regional Asset Recovery Teams - units again based on the ACPO policing regions and providing specialist money laundering and criminal confiscation resources.
Mick Creedon, Chief Constable in Derbyshire and Honorary Visiting Fellow

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