Detective Chief Superintendent Gareth Evans

Gareth joined Devon and Cornwall Police in 1998 before transferring to North Wales Police in 2001 to live nearer to the mountains. He has spent the majority of his career in detective roles with a specialism in investigating child abuse and serious sexual offences. He is currently Head of Crime Services for North Wales Police and is an accredited Homicide and Kidnap Senior Investigating Officer and a Strategic Firearms Commander. In 2016 he graduated from the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia following ten weeks of study in violent crime, crisis negotiation and media strategy.

He remains an active summer and winter climber with annual trips to the Alps for both climbing and ski touring. He has recently taken up paragliding and so all in all considers himself a prime candidate for the services of mountain rescue teams and has a great respect and admiration for their work.

He is the strategic lead for Search & Rescue in North Wales Police and Chair of the Local Search and Rescue Committee. Since around 2010 he has jointly delivered the Fatal Incident Protocol course. This is a two day course designed to give mountain rescue teams the skills to preserve and record evidence at scenes of fatalities in hard to reach locations independently and on behalf of the police and subsequently present that evidence in a Coroner’s court.