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SIO Corner: Roles In An MIR

This week we look at the roles in a Major Incident Room (MIR) which undertake and support the investigation


In this series we look at various aspects of life as an SIO. This includes the necessary skill sets for the successful SIO, the management of serious crime investigation and specific elements of investigative practice from initial response through crime scene examination and investigative strategies to dealing with suspects and the media. The articles are excerpts from the 2nd edition of Blackstone's, the 'Senior Investigating Officers' Handbook', written by two highly experienced SIOs (see 'About the Authors' at the end of the article).

The SIO, once officially appointed to take charge of the case, will need to fill some key roles in the incident room. These may vary depending on the type and nature of the enquiry.

Roles In An MIR

KEY POINT

There are other roles and positions within an enquiry in addition to these, such as Intelligence Officer, Communications Liaison Officer, or Passive Data (eg CCTV) Co-ordinator. These may be equally important roles to fill quickly as their responsibilities may fall within the SIO’s main lines of enquiry.

Job descriptions are outlined in the Guidance on Major Incident Room Standardized Administrative Procedures (MIRSAP, ACPO Centrex, 2005), 18–42). It suggests how some roles can be combined (often referred to as ‘double hatting’) when necessary if resources are limited. For example, Deputy SIO may be combined with Office Manager or Action Manager; receiver with document reader; document reader with file prep officer, etc (pp 58–9).




About the Authors:

Detective Superintendent Tony Cook was a CID officer with Greater Manchester Police for over 31 years until his retirement in 2009. During his time as an SIO, he led a number of high profile investigations including operations into gangland violence at Moss Side, the Bolton murder of a teenage girl in 2002, and the Denton strangling case. He was a trained assessor for promotion and a qualified Authorising Officer under RIPA. Tony received 14 commendations and a first-class BSc Honours degree in social sciences and a Diploma in Social Policy & Criminology from the Open University.

Andy Tattersall, formerly Detective Superintendent in Greater Manchester Police on the Force Major Incident Team, retired in 2007 after 33 years service and became the first ever Support Staff SIO in charge of a new Homicide Support Unit. With over 29 years in CID at all ranks Andy received the Homicide Working Group National Award for his Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Homicide in November 2006.


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