Blog - Trainee Detective Constable (part 1)

Published 23 November 2017

An account of a Trainee Detective Constable within Argyll & Dunbartonshire, with an insight into what goes on within Criminal Investigation Department (CID). Part 1 looks at the Family Protection Unit.

On joining the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) you have to complete a period of time where you are a TDC. Typically this consists of spending time gaining experience in several departments within the CID. I have recently joined the CID and for the period of time that I am a TDC I am going to publish a blog on Social Media to provide more insight to the public of what goes on within the CID. Due to the sensitivity and nature of investigations that I will be involved with, I will remain anonymous.

When I began my TDC just over a month ago, I was posted to the Family Protection Unit (FPU) within Argyll and West Dunbartonshire Policing Division. Within the FPU we deal with child protection issues, historical offences against children and on occasion, adult protection issues. 

During my time so far within the FPU, my colleagues within the department have been highly supportive and I am able to benefit from their expertise on various subjects. The department manages to cope with a high volume of sensitive investigations in a professional manner and support each other whenever needed and this ethos makes it a pleasure to come to work every day.

On beginning my TDC within the FPU it has been real eye opener to see the number and variation of investigations that are ongoing. In investigating various child protection concerns it is pivotal to get the child’s account of the events in question. To do this, the FPU will liaise closely with the Social Work department and organise a Joint Investigative Interview (JII) with the child. I was lucky enough to complete my course called Joint Investigative Interview Training to allow me to conduct these interviews. I found the course very interesting and have also gained a lot of important information on child protection.

Since completion of the course I have led a number of JIIs with Social Work for various concerns, some progressing to criminal investigations and others highlighting a role for Social Work to support the families. I have been impressed by the strong relationship that we have with our partner agencies and I have benefited from this as they have fully welcomed me and are always available for advice.

With all enquiries involving children, we ensure a multi-agency approach in protecting the child and follow the national approach: Getting It Right for Every Child (GIRFEC). Please see the link below for more information.

I will try and post a blog on a regular basis throughout my journey as a TDC and beyond and I hope you find it interesting and informative. I also hope this ongoing blog might provide you with advice that may benefit you.

I hope this blog gives you an insight into the close working relationships between Police, Social Work and other agencies which serve to keep our communities safe.

Thank you.

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Call 101 for non-emergencies and general enquiries, in an emergency call 999. If you have information about a crime you can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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