David Edwards has more than 32 years in British law enforcement. He joined the Metropolitan Police in London in 1978. In 1982 he joined Scotland Yard's elite Special Patrol Group (SPG), the Commissioner's street crime unit. The SPG were a highly efficient tactical surveillance and firearms unit, utilized in serious crime and terrorism investigations. Mr. Edwards also protected Members of Parliament and members of the royal family whilst with this group.
On completion of his tour with the SPG, Edwards successfully transferred to the Criminal Investigation Department. In 1991, he joined the Regional Crime Squad based in London, investigating serious and organized crime in the U.K. and abroad. He completed the National Undercover Training Course with SO.10 at New Scotland Yard and most of his service from then was as a full-time undercoveroperative, planning and deploying on covert operations both domestically and internationally. Many of these deployments were for protracted periods, some for over 2 years. Edwards specialized in drugs, firearms, explosives, contract murders, money laundering, "sting" operations, and drug trafficking crimes. He also successfully deployed against terrorists, armed robbers, fraudsters, human traffickers, counterfeiters, murder suspects, kidnappers and criminals of all descriptions.
In 1998 he was selected to serve with the newly formed Anti-Corruption Squad (CIB3) at New Scotland Yard. He was primarily tasked with planning and supervising intelligence led covert operations into serious and organized corrupt officials.
In 2001, Edwards was a supervisor on a full-time undercover unit, with the National Crime Squad (NCS). Mr. Edwards' other role was that of a strategic, legal, and tactical covert advisor on operations. He then became operational head of two (NCS) Operational / Surveillance Teams and was the Senior Investigating Officer for serious and organized criminal and terrorist investigations.
In 2006, he joined the Serious & Organized Crime Agency (SOCA) and was selected to represent Great Britain as the operational SOCA Liaison Officer in Miami with the title Vice Consul General. He had responsibility for serious and organized crime matters that impacted upon the U.K. and Europe from the U.S., Canada, Central and South America and the Caribbean Overseas Territories.
Mr. Edwards supervised many major investigations and initiated high profile extraditions and prosecutions along with U.S. federal law enforcement. Edwards also led and conducted a major Colombian aircraft drug trafficking and money laundering investigation in Sierra Leone, the first in West Africa, resulting in successful prosecutions in Sierra Leone and extraditions to the U.S.
On his return to the U.K. in September 2009, he worked within SOCA's International Inspection & Compliance Branch where he was responsible for the overseas inspections of SOCA posts. He inspected SOCA's entire West African network and completed comprehensive reports with regards to due diligence, operational capacity and suggestions for improvements in all posts.
Mr. Edwards has taught covert law enforcement and surveillance methods to many police andmilitary units in the U.K. and abroad.