Getting Away with Murder – Former Detective delves into Homicide Research at the University

A RETIRED detective superintendent is to talk about his research into decision making at the scenes of sudden and unexpected death.

Former forensic pathology manager, Dr Dean Jones, will be speaking at the free online event organised by the University of Chichester.

As part of the talk, on Thursday 21st October at 5pm, Dr Jones will present his research into decision making at the scenes of sudden and unexpected deaths.

His research was in three parts: a study into real cases where homicides were nearly missed; a statistical analysis of homicides against forensic autopsies; and focus group interviews.

Dr Jones said: “The police in the UK have a worldwide reputation of professionalism in dealing with homicide, however by failing to identify a ‘suspicious’ case may deny the investigation of a forensic autopsy – essential for determining medical cause of death.”

With more than 30-years’ experience, he has worked in a variety of roles from being in charge of major crime including homicide investigation and director of intelligence in charge of covert policing assets and operational crime and drugs squads.

Since retirement from policing, Dean has worked as an SIO on the Historical Enquiry Team and now oversees the provision of forensic pathology services to police and coroners in England and Wales on behalf of the Home Office.

Event host Dr Stephanie Bennett, who oversees the University’s BSc Criminology degrees, said: “We are extremely excited to welcome Dr Dean Jones and delve deep into forensic pathology. Dean’s expertise in the area will provide an in depth understanding of how errors with first identification can lead to a Fatal Call and someone potentially getting away with murder.”

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