He resigned and left for the private sector after a year or so, advising me never to even think about it.
It goes all the way back to SOCA and beyond.
Non-detectives trying to do a detectives job.
The staff turnover rate must be horrendous, they are always after qualified investigators (A background in investigating Organised Crime would be beneficial apparently) all for the princely sum of £16 an hour before tax.
Anyone with half a brain and marketable skills is already in the private sector working with other former colleagues, and enjoying themselves.
There is a very good reason why the vast majority of the rest of the world involved in countering international and organised crime recruit from within their own existing law-enforcement agencies.
And not from their Civil Service.