Mr Paul Williamson

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About me

One of the UK's most experienced senior leaders in tackling organised crime. Paul was a PIP 4 Commander supporting Senior Investigating Officers (SIO's) running high profile, complex and demanding investigations over recent years.

Until 2020, Paul was Regional Head of Investigations at the National Crime Agency for Midlands, Wales and West and the UK Silver commander for Operation Venetic – one of the most successful and high profile multi agency operations that has ever been carried out in the UK. It involved dismantling the secure Encrochat network that was used by international organised crime gangs.

He has also served as Deputy Director for NCA Investigations in the North of England and the devolved administrations of Scotland and Northern Ireland. Between 2016 – 2019 Paul was the Senor Officer running investigations on Operation STOVEWOOD in response to the Rotherham Child Sexual Exploitation scandal. Paul has also served as a National SIO Adviser leading a small team of specialists called in to assist high profile and hard to solve major crimes across the UK.  

Prior to this Paul served as a Detective Superintendent in Policing working in the fields of Homicide Investigation, Serious Organised Crime and Counter Terrorism and is the recipient of two national awards.

Since his retirement from operational law enforcement, Paul now works as a Senior lecturer at the University of West of England where he is teaching the next generation of police officers. He is a passionate advocate about the importance of investigators being supported and having the required skills and training to enable them to fulfil their potential.

Area of expertise

Investigations; Organised Crime; Major Crime; Sensitive Intelligence.

Recent Media Contributions: CBS Reality:; Sky Crime.

Events: The Investigator workshops on Organised Crime; National Senior Investigating Officers Conference speaker.


  • National Investigator award for Outstanding Leadership.
  • Police Federation National Detective Forum 'Investigation of the Year'. 
  • NCA Director General's Commendation & 10 Police Commendations for dedication and persistence in the investigation of Crime.
  • Police Long Service and Good Conduct Medal.


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