Tessa is an experienced Police investigator and international trainer with a 30-year background in criminal investigation, child safeguarding, and counter terrorism. She investigated and managed staff in the Criminal investigation, major crime and child protection teams in Devon and Cornwall Police before working in Counterterrorism, and the Force policy unit for vulnerable persons in Thames Valley police specialising in missing persons, child sexual exploitation and FGM.
Tessa has strong investigative experience investigating and completing prosecution files for murders, serious sexual assaults, domestic abuse and, drugs offences as well as all other crimes.
Tessa completed the National police trainer and training development officer courses and subsequently completed a Certificate in Education (adults) with Canterbury University and has developed and delivered training to Police and other agencies in interviewing victims witnesses and suspects, investigating missing persons, domestic abuse, and child sexual exploitation as well as criminal investigation at all levels.
Tessa has worked abroad developing and delivering training in the Middle East, Italy and Germany together with International Police services, the UN, voluntary agencies and NGOs. In 2004/2005 Tessa was seconded for a year to the Foreign & commonwealth office and deployed to Jordan where she was part of a large international team developing and delivering training to Iraqi police recruits which included Human Rights, child safeguarding, domestic abuse, and counter terrorism as well as general crime investigation. She also worked with international police colleagues, psychologists and NGOs delivering training to emerging EU countries and the three branches of the Italian Police in Rome in interviewing, safeguarding and child sexual exploitation.
More recently Tessa has been working in the adult care sector delivering support and care to the elderly in their homes during the pandemic developing her skills in dementia and the ageing process.