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Police fondly remember a much-loved Detective Superintendent

Officers and staff from across Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police will this week honour and pay tribute to a much-loved and long serving Detective Superintendent.

Det Supt Adrian McGee passed away suddenly on Thursday, June 28. His death was devastating for his family, friends and colleagues.

As a serving officer for Warwickshire Police, Det Supt McGee had led the Major Investigation Unit in both Warwickshire, and across the West Mercia Police force, for many years.

Chief Constable for Warwickshire Police, Martin Jelley QPM, said: "Adrian was a hugely popular and highly respected police officer across his home force Warwickshire, our alliance partners West Mercia Police, and nationally in policing.

"He had the reputation of being both a very skilled and capable police officer but also a thoroughly decent, kind and genuine man by all who knew and worked with him.

"Adrian took a genuine interest in others both in and outside of the workplace. At work he invested time and effort developing and supporting younger detectives.  

"He always had time for colleagues and had a unique style that made those who came into contact with him feel special and valued.  

"I know I speak for so many members of our workforce, when I say that anyone who had the privilege to work with Adrian will recognise his commitment to public service was second to none.  

"His selflessness, professionalism and modest demeanour are qualities I often see in my officers and staff in Warwickshire.
 
"I can also say without hesitation that Adrian embodied the very best of these qualities and is a shining example to all of us of what is best in policing, namely its people.

"Adrian contributed significantly to making the communities in which he served safer, and he will be missed greatly by all of us who had the privilege to know and work with him."

Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner Philip Seccombe added: "Adrian was always a delight to work with and was very supportive to me whenever we had dealings together and I know that the staff at my office all say the same.

"We were all shocked and immensely saddened when we heard the news of his passing. I will remember Adrian for his warm personality and his way with people that meant it was always a joy to see him, no matter the circumstances.  

"Warwickshire has lost a very fine detective who was a role model to all his colleagues at every rank and his loss will be felt for a long time to come."

Flags were last week flown at half mast as a mark of respect to Det Supt McGee and special books of condolence have already been filling up with poignant anecdotes and tributes to a colleague described by many as 'thoroughly decent, kind and genuine.'

His funeral will take place this Friday (13 July) and colleagues and representatives from both Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police will be in attendance to pay their respects.

A brief background and biography of Detective Superintendent Adrian McGee

Detective Superintendent Adrian McGee had given 30 years of his professional working life to policing and his career spanned four decades.

His career started in Leicestershire Police in 1988 and by 1992 his investigative qualities had already been identified and he became a detective.

In 1994 Det Supt McGee joined Warwickshire Police as a Detective Sergeant and from there on in he spent the bulk of his career working in detective roles, focused on protecting the vulnerable and making communities safer.

Det Supt McGee worked in a variety of roles but his time in Special Branch and on secondment to the National Crime Intelligence Service, in early 2000, were key challenging roles he performed that he was rightly proud of.

Since 2008 Det Supt McGee spent most of the last ten years heading up the Major Investigation Unit (MIU) of Warwickshire Police and more latterly since 2012 the joint Major Investigations Unit of Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police.  

In his time as a senior detective and running the MIU, which deals with the most serious high profile crimes, Det Supt McGee led and oversaw more than 400 major investigations.

Additionally he was Secretary of the Police Superintendents' Association for Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police and took an active role in the Police Benevolent Fund, established to help people suffering distress or hardship.

Issued: 11am, Thursday 12 July, Laura Maltby, Corporate Communications

Published 12/07/18