Detective who investigated jeweller’s murder receives top award

Police

By Olivia Mumby

The Leicestershire Police detective who led the investigation into the kidnap and murder of jeweller Ramniklal Jogiya has won a top national award last night.

Detective Chief Inspector, David Swift-Rollinson, was awarded the title of National Senior investigating Officer (SIO) of the Year at last night’s 2018 Senior Investigating Officer conference for his hard work and dedication to the force and his desire to seek justice over the span of his career.

DCI Swift-Rollinson headed the investigation into Operation Degree – the case of Leicester jeweller Ramniklal Jogiya’s murder.

He was responsible for overseeing the painstaking trawling of CCTV footage, examining multiple crime scenes and dealing with the concerned and shocked community, whilst keeping his team motivated and reminding them of their purpose working for the victim’s family.

Since 2002, DCI Swift-Rollinson has been involved in 84 homicide investigations, taking the role of SIO of East Midlands Special Operations Unit Major Crime for 17 of these.

Chief Constable Simon Cole, who has been an officer for more than 30 years, said that DCI Swift-Rollinson is “from the very top bracket” when it comes to SIOs.

He continued: “He is an absolute star.

“Teams will follow him anywhere, families believe in him and he believes in justice. He’s one of the very best – and I’ve seen quite a few.”

Deputy Chief Constable, Rob Nixon, added: “He is calm, systematic and methodical, working through complexity without being phased.

“His ability to build a team and galvanise support is exemplary and he is a credit to the force.”

Last year, DCI Swift-Rollinson also received recognition for his outstanding contribution to the investigation of deaths, when he was given a joint commendation from Senior HM Coroner Catherine Mason and Leicestershire Police’s Chief Constable, Simon Cole.

He had taken a lead role with the East Midlands Pathology Unit, having initially done so on behalf of Leicestershire Police, but latterly on behalf of the region.

Detective Chief Superintendent David Sandall said: “HM Coroner has recognised the work undertaken by David over a number of years, both in writing the policy but also bringing it alive to help the detective cadre and frontline PCs who attend non-suspicious deaths.

“The death procedure has all the relevant information required to deal with a complex situation including the role to be taken by each of the agencies involved.”

Leicestershire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Lord Willy Bach, visited the major incident room when Operation Degree was running.

“DCI Swift-Rollinson’s authority and drive as a Senior Investigating Officer was immediately apparent,” he said.

“In my view the investigation and the ensuing conviction in this immensely serious case was down to the excellent lead given by the Senior Investigating Officer.”

Detective Sergeant Paul Vincent was the Officer in Case for Operation Degree and has first-hand experience of DCI Swift-Rollinson’s skills as an SIO.

“DCI Swift-Rollinson motivated and supported everyone that was involved in the investigation,” he said.

“He was appreciative of everyone’s efforts and, from my own perspective, was always available to discuss the investigation even though he was managing an extensive workload.

“His dedication to investigations is second to none.

“I can only say that he’s a pleasure to work with, as that’s what it feels like – not for him. He has the ability to get the very best from his team without them feeling undue pressure.”

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