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Cheryl Pinner


During her police career, Cheryl has interviewed numerous high profile victims of crime and witnesses to crimes, including Stephen Hawking, and offenders such as Ian Huntley, the convicted murderer of Soham girls, Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman.

During her career as a detective, first in the Metropolitan Police and latterly in Cambridgeshire in child protection, Cheryl had experience of many investigations and taking cases through the Crown Court process.

Cheryl won the national police award for outstanding services to family liaison in 2009 and has received numerous commendations from senior police officers and judges for her work assisting families in her liaison role.

She was instrumental in setting up the Critical Incident Personal Response Team as part of a project to assist police and local authorities and was the family liaison co-ordinator for Operation Bead, the national project for the return of human tissue.

Whilst in Cambridgeshire, Cheryl was the Force’s crime trainer for child protection and safeguarding between 1998 and 2004, the Force family liaison trainer between 1999 and 2015 and also the Force family llaison co-ordinator (FLC) from 2003.

Cheryl studied child psychology and law at Portsmouth University, grief and bereavement at Cambridgeshire University and has a BA (Hons) degree in Applied Investigations.

Following retirement from the police, Cheryl was project lead for a London-based project on the Human Tissue Act and continues to teach family liaison to police and other agencies.