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Former Head of London Metropolitan Police Joins Wynyard


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Former Head of London Metropolitan Police Homicide and Serious Crime Command joins Wynyard Group Advisory Board

Auckland, 05 February 2013 – Wynyard Group, the specialists in intelligence-led software for protecting companies and countries from threat, crime and corruption, has appointed former head of Homicide and Serious Crime Command for the London Metropolitan Police, David Johnston, to its Advisory Board.

Wynyard Managing Director, Craig Richardson, said Johnston strengthens the company’s knowledge of real front line operational challenges and the tools needed to fight new crimes.

“While the global financial crisis may have slowed economic growth in recent years, the business of serious organised crime is prospering. Mr Johnston will provide Wynyard with unique insights into the local and trans-national criminal environment and expert advice on the new tools that are required to fight new crimes.”

As Commander of the Metropolitan Police's Homicide and Serious Crime Group, Johnston led high profile British investigations including the Damilola Taylor murder and the Torso in the Thames. He also advised the Suffolk police on the Ipswich Serial Murders.

Johnston said he is delighted to be working with Wynyard on its powerful tools that deliver real and tangible benefits to law enforcement agencies in the fight against crime and corruption.

"Growing complexity and increasingly large amounts of data are common place in major investigations today. Speed in extracting useful key information from data, and the ability to comprehend, analyse and act on that information remains key to early detection and reducing risk.

“Wynyard’s solutions give practitioners and investigators the ability to quickly assimilate and use important information, whilst providing robust evidential outcomes to assist in prosecutions.”

Prior to joining the police force, Johnston served in the Royal Engineers from 1974 to 1979, having joined the army as soldier in 1972.

Johnston’s appointment is the second recent high profile industry expert Wynyard Group has attracted to its global advisory board. Last month the company announced that former FBI Executive Assistant Director of Science and Technology, Mr Louis Grever, had joined the board.

Richardson says that through its high calibre Advisory Board and the trusted relationships Wynyard Group has with some of the world's leading police forces, the business is well positioned to significantly contribute to the global technology fight against crime, corruption and threat.

“Wynyard is exceptionally well informed on local and trans-national issues providing great insight for us to focus our research and development and specialist products and services where they can help have the biggest impact,” said Richardson.

About Wynyard Group

Wynyard Group's industry experts, data scientists and software engineers create intelligence-led software and solutions for protecting companies and countries from threat, crime and corruption. With more than 400 clients across financial services, government and critical national infrastructure, Wynyard’s trusted software products have become the industry standard for connecting mission critical risk management, intelligence and investigations operations.

About Wynyard’s Advisory Board

The Wynyard Advisory Board are drawn from the operational ranks of the world's best known government security and justice agencies, financial institutions and critical national infrastructure operators. Members provide Wynyard Group with invaluable insights into the current problems and future needs of risk management, intelligence, investigations and digital forensics operations in the world's most demanding environments.

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