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Major Crime cold cases

Case study:

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Shannon McCoole

> New initiatives:

Recruit 313

> Current operations:

Operation Vanguard

> Our people:

EOC Review

> Team profile:

Confiscation Section

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2017, ISSUE 1

From the Editor

Content

Crime trend:

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o lose a loved one to a criminal act is a harrowing experience but it can be even more traumatic when they are the subject of a cold case investigation. Operation Persist has seen Major Crime Investigation Branch turn up the heat on cold cases with a range of initiatives to find the missing piece of the puzzle in more than 100 of the state’s unsolved murders. This includes a number of cases involving child abductions and murder victims, which now attract a $1 million reward. Ensuring justice for child victims is also the focus of Special Crimes Investigation Branch, which played a pivotal role in the conviction of notorious paedophile Shannon McCoole after an intensive investigation. The success of the case was testament to the dedication and resilience of investigators, often in trying circumstances. Children are often the innocent victims of family and domestic

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ISSN 1448-1855 Editor: Mathew Rodda Editorial Team: Commissioner Grant Stevens, Assistant Commissioner Peter Harvey, Karina Loxton and Mathew Rodda.

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violence. In recent years SAPOL has invested significant resources in delivering a more effective response to the scourge of domestic violence. Initiatives such as the Multi-Agency Protection Service and involvement with the new Women’s Safety Services SA highlight SAPOL’s commitment to early intervention via a collaborative approach. Collaboration is also the hallmark of SAPOL’s strategies to disrupt and dismantle serious and organised crime groups via Operation Vanguard and the National AntiGangs Squad. The ill-gotten gains of such criminals have increasingly come under the microscope of Confiscation Section in recent years, with millions of dollars’ worth of cash and assets restrained. These are just some of the wide ranging topics covered in this issue of Blueprint. Our people are also a focus with informative stories about the wonderful work of staffled charity Cops for Kids and the Band being named a State Cultural Icon. A new staff profile has been introduced, featuring Inspector Ian Humby’s 26-year career in regional policing. This issue also provides further insights into the EOC Review and Recruit 313.

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COVER Senior Constable Kara Blackburn – the first female motorcycle officer in SAPOL. Photo: Andrew Challen, SAPOL Photographic Section.

and Public Engagement Section; Confiscation Section; Special Crimes Investigation Branch; Serious and Organised Crime Branch; Crime Gangs Task Force; Band of the South Australia Police; South Australian Police Historical Society; Sharon McKell. Blueprint is produced by SAPOL’s Awards, Marketing and Events Branch, Police Headquarters, GPO Box 1539, Adelaide 5001 Internal Postcode: 120 Tel: 08 732 24368 – Fax: 08 732 23289 Email:dlpolicegazette@police.sa.gov.au

Views and opinions expressed by contributors within this publication are not necessarily those of the South Australia Police, the Commissioner of Police or the Government of South Australia. Articles, photographs and other contributions are welcome from every SAPOL employee. SAPOL treats indigenous cultures and beliefs with respect. To many communities it is disrespectful and offensive to depict persons who have died. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities are warned this publication may contain such images and references.

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Blueprint magazine Issue 1 2017  

Blueprint is South Australia Police’s official magazine. In each issue you will find informative and engaging articles covering a broad rang...

Blueprint magazine Issue 1 2017  

Blueprint is South Australia Police’s official magazine. In each issue you will find informative and engaging articles covering a broad rang...