David Wood

David Wood

David Wood, Detective Chief Inspector Head Of Insurance Fraud Enforcement Department, London Police

David Wood joined the City of London Police in 1984 and, after qualifying as a detective, went on to hold a number of operational roles including in the surveillance squad and post-riot investigation team.

In July 2004, as a Detective Inspector, he was posted to the Criminal Investigation Department before being promoted to Detective Chief Inspector and in 2007 he was awarded the Police Long Service and Good Conduct Medal.

He was seconded to Essex Police’s Major Investigation Team in March 2008 where he gained his accreditation to investigate homicide. One of his career highlights was leading an investigation into a fatal assault outside St. Paul’s Cathedral that resulted in the offender being convicted at the Old Bailey.

In June 2009 he was appointed temporary Superintendent within the Territorial Policing directorate, and during 2010 oversaw a 100 per cent annual increase in arrests.

In October 2011 he was selected to head up the Insurance Fraud Enforcement Department (IFED), overseeing its launch in January 2012. The specialist police unit, funded by industry and operating out of the City of London Police, has been established to tackle insurance fraud across the UK.

In its first year of operation the Department is credited with investigating £12 million worth of insurance fraud and, in the process, making 260 arrests and securing 76 cautions and 11 convictions.

In 2012 he quickly became the public-face of IFED, with the highlight for him and the team being the BBC series ‘Claimed and Shamed’ where they were the focal point of programmes that introduced millions of viewers to the unit and showed how there are now serious consequences to committing insurance fraud.

He is founder and chairman of the City of London Police Community Boxing Club, set up to develop relations between the force and younger members of the community.

He is an avid supporter of West Ham United Football Club.

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