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Former Kent detective Dave Stevens, who headed up string of county’s major murder hunts, wins top award from Police Federation

10:56 17 October 2016

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Dave Stevens

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He was involved in the Russell hammer murders and set up the cold case investigation team

A former Kent Police detective involved in some of the the county’s most high profile murder investigations, has won a national award at the Police Federation’s National Detectives Forum awards ceremony.

In a career spanning over 40 years, Kent Police detective chief superintendent Dave Stevens, now retired, led the investigation into the brutal double killings of Lin and Megan Russell in Chillenden in 1996 and was part of the cold case team which reactivated the probe into the death of Greenhithe’s Claire Tiltman.

Now he has won the national services to detectives Award for his contribution to investigative policing.

After retiring as a police officer in 2003, he returned to Kent Police to set up a serious case review team in Kent.

His work led to the development of a cold case investigation team and the successful prosecution of many serious offenders who might have thought they had escaped justice. He also became an integral part of setting up the public protection unit as a specialist department within the force to oversee investigations of offences against children, young people and vulnerable adults.

Police officers in Sierra Leone have benefited from Mr Stevens’ wealth of experience too, as he has visited the country on four separate occasions to help develop their intelligence and investigation processes.

Mr Stevens said: “It’s a fantastic honour and a big surprise after 43 years. But everything is down to teams, not individuals – I have been lucky enough to work with some fantastic people over the years.”

Assistant chief constable Steve Worron, head of the Kent and Essex serious crime directorate, said: “I’m really pleased that Dave has been recognised with this accolade. It is recognition for the contribution his work has made not only to policing, but to the people of Kent. He has managed many significant investigations throughout his career, and his work in setting up a number of specialist teams within Kent Police means that we will benefit from his expertise and contribution for many years to come.”

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