DI Gemma Booth
Gemma has had a career in policing since leaving University and has been interested in criminal investigation from the outset both as a support staff investigator in South Yorkshire Police before joining Derbyshire Constabulary in 2007. Gemma became a detective constable in 2011 where she pursued her ambition to investigate serious crime. As a career detective Gemma has progressed to Detective Inspector within 4 years. In 2014 she was appointed DI for Child Sexual Exploitation based within the Public Protection Unit.
Gemma has built upon Derbyshire’s response to CSE following earlier operations such as Operation Retriever in 2008. At a time when there is a noticeable shift from traditional to contemporary policing Gemma has re-structured the response to CSE through increasing the level of recognition of CSE risk across the organisation to frontline practitioners. Gemma has also been central to the development of Derbyshire’s response to online CSE investigation, working in conjunction with the National Crime Agency and CEOP. Here, significant change has professionalised Derbyshire’s response to online abuse and the possession and distribution of Indecent Images of Children.
Furthermore, Gemma has worked in partnership with the Local Children’s Safeguarding Board to create a greater degree of openness to review cases and practice in order to identify lessons learned and positive practice quickly. The addition of Safe and Sound, embedded within the CSE Team at Police Headquarters, continues to demonstrate the commitment to work in partnership not only with statutory agencies but the wider third sector to effectively tackle CSE.