Force with cold case track record

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - NEWS -

Mersey­side Po­lice did not wish to com­ment on the case, or elab­o­rate on the re­tired de­tec­tives’ work.

But it is not the first time the force has re­leased some of its old hands to help crack cold cases.

In 2005, a team was set up to tackle un­solved mur­ders in Mersey­side, bring­ing a squad of former of­fi­cers out of re­tire­ment.

By us­ing mod­ern foren­sic meth­ods, in­clud­ing DNA test­ing and fa­cial imag­ing the “se­ri­ous crimes re­view team” promised to go over mur­ders with a “fine-tooth comb”.

It came af­ter an au­dit re­vealed at least 22 mur­ders in Mersey­side were still un­solved.

In 2013, Greater Manch­ester Po­lice used the ex­pe­ri­ence of past col­leagues to help deal with child abuse cases.

Greater Manch­ester Po­lice and Crime Com­mis­sioner Tony Lloyd set up a £100,000 fund to pay them.

He said: “Set­ting up a pool of re­tired de­tec­tives, who can be called on as and when they are needed, is a smart way to re­duce some of the pres­sures on Greater Manch­ester Po­lice.”

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