Head of Crime

Detective Chief Superintendent James Abdy is the county’s Head of Crime and Commander for Specialist Crime Services. 
 
Prior to taking up his current role in November 2016, James performed the role of District Commander for Sheffield as Temporary Chief Superintendent and also Operations Superintendent for Sheffield (West). During his time on the Sheffield Command Team, James played a key role in developing progressive partnership working within Sheffield to tackle crime, anti-social behaviour and youth gang violence. He also developed strong partnerships with business as a Non-Executive Director for the Sheffield Business Improvement District. 
 
As a Detective Superintendent, James led a number of homicide, kidnap and serious crime enquiries as a Senior Investigating Officer; re-structured the way that the force manages intelligence as Director of Intelligence and Operations; and led the force response to Serious and Organised Crime. 
 
James leads partnership working across Yorkshire and the Humber with a number of law enforcement agencies to tackle the emerging threat of Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking. He has also worked nationally, supporting the National Police Chief's Council lead to tackle Vehicle Crime and provided external support to the National Vehicle Crime Intelligence Service.
 
As a Detective Chief Inspector, James worked both in covert policing within Specialist Crime Services and was District Crime Manager for Sheffield (North) leading a number of serious, complex and major crime investigations. Prior to this James worked in a number of different roles as a Detective Inspector, Detective Sergeant, Sergeant, Detective Constable and Police Constable. 
 
James is an accredited Tactical Firearms Commander, Senior Investigating Officer and experienced Critical Incident Manager. He is registered at PIP Level 4 to strategically manage complex cases and holds a number of academic qualifications including a MSc Police Science and Management and a BSc (Hons) Business Studies.