North Yorkshire Police has today launched an enhanced Major Crime Unit to increase its capability to investigate murder and other serious violent and sexual crimes.
The development of the Major Crime Unit into a dedicated, stand-alone team, represents a £300,000 investment and commitment to tackling serious crime in North Yorkshire by Police and Crime Commissioner, Julia Mulligan, and Chief Constable Dave Jones.
It consists of 31 officers and staff with detectives, trained exhibits and disclosure staff, analytical and research capability, a Major Incident Room function, CCTV viewing room and other tools and equipment.
As well as live cases, the unit will also review unsolved “cold cases” and there has also been a pledge to review the investigation into missing Malton chef, Claudia Lawrence.
Chief Constable Dave Jones said: “The new Major Crime Unit is a key development that will greatly improve and streamline the way North Yorkshire Police investigates the most serious of crimes, including murder, incidents of serious violence and sexual crimes. In the past when such incidents occurred, extra resources had to be abstracted from the local neighbourhood policing and CID teams to support investigations. We now have a dedicated Major Crime Unit that has the required resources to deal with investigations with little or no impact on day-to-day local policing.