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Head of major crime team joins author’s panel at Bristol event

Det Supt Sarah Davenport
Det Supt Sarah Davenport

The head of the tri-force Major Crime Investigation Team (MCIT) will join best-selling author Ian Rankin at an event being held in Bristol tonight.

Detective Superintendent Sarah Davenport, who leads the MCIT – covering Avon and Somerset, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire – will be on a panel of experts at St George’s Bristol this evening.

The event is part of the Investigating Murder tour to mark the release of Rankin’s new crime fiction book ‘In a House of Lies’.

Sarah, who will discuss her role in the MCIT and the challenges of leading a murder inquiry, will also be joined on the panel by forensic scientist Jo Millington.

Sarah has worked at Avon and Somerset Police for more than 24 years and started her career as a police constable in Bristol.

She became a detective in 2001, specialising in serious and complex crime and in 2010 was promoted to Detective Inspector, taking on a role in the MCIT and achieving the PIP3 accredited Senior Investigating Officer for homicide.

In 2017, Sarah was promoted to Detective Superintendent and led Avon and Somerset Police’s response to serious and organised crime, before returning to the MCIT in the head role. Sarah also sits on the National Homicide Working Group.

She said: “I’m hoping I’ll be able to give those attending this event a better understanding of the challenges and complexities of investigating the most serious of crimes, especially murder.

“I also want to give an insight into the dedication and commitment of all those who work in the MCIT – from intelligence analysts and investigators, to forensic co-ordinators, family liaison officers, indexers and all those who provide administrative support. Everyone plays a vital part in ensuring we achieve justice for victims and their families.

“Policing techniques are advancing all the time and with the advancement of forensic technology we’re now able to solve murder and serious sexual offences which have remained unsolved for years.

“I’m grateful to be invited to this event by Ian Rankin and I’m looking forward to taking questions from the public.”