caitak (caitak) wrote in little_details,

UK Police Serial Killer Unit - Ranks & Roles of Staff

When: Present day (plus/minus about two years).
Where: Scotland, specifically Glasgow.
What I've searched: "uk police ranks" (which produced a fairly useful Wikipedia article), "police roles in special unit" (and assorted combinations of jobs/roles/unit/task force), "serial killer unit" (which got me a fair amount of news articles), also the Strathclyde Police website and the police websites linked at the end of several UK police Wikipedia articles (various police websites from around the country, information about uniforms, etc.) I've also asked around on a couple of writing forums, without much success.

The questions:
My story features a special unit which is set up to work on unsolved and potential serial killer cases. It's based in Glasgow and is part of some sort of government thing. As far as I can tell there's no such unit in real life, rather these things are set up when a serial killer is suspected, so I'm working with a bit of creative license here.

There'll be a fair few staff members on this team/working with the computers/in labs, but the story focuses on four or five of the main players. And this is where I'm running into difficulties.

What rank is the team leader likely to be?
I've got a regular detective (who's basically bottom of the pile as far as the main characters go, fairly recently promoted). And I've looked at the ranks on the various websites but I'm not sure exactly what rank her boss is, a person who is involved in the investigation but is the one who reports back to higher ups, delegates tasks, etc.

What non-police staff are likely to be involved in this team?
So far all I have is some sort of computer expert/technical person. But I'm seriously stumped as to who else might be involved in an investigation into serial killers, all I'm coming up with aside from the computer person is some sort of serial killer expert, but I'm sure they'd have a proper job title. All I'm looking for is suggestions, once I know what I'm looking for I'm sure I'll be able to Google it :D

Thanks in advance for any help/suggestions.
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