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Det.Con. Duncan McGarry MBE

Special Advisor - Family Liaison

Duncan retired in 2012 after 30 years service, the last 11 as National Police Family Liaison Advisor working with all UK Police Forces.


Duncan initially took up his role at Scotland Yard in the aftermath of the Stephen Lawrence Public Inquiry.


His role was to develop a modern Family Liaison response to people in crisis for the Metropolitan Police. This role expanded again with the publication of Lord Justice Clarke's report following the Public Inquiry into the deaths of 51 people on the Marchioness in 1989.


Duncan led on the Family Liaison response following the Ladbroke Grove train crash, and Team Leader for the UK Police response to British families in New York in the months that followed the September 11th Terrorist attacks on the US.


In 2002 Duncan was seconded from Scotland Yard to be National Advisor and almost immediately was sent to Australia to assist their response to the Bali Bombings in Indonesia.


Duncan has had a leading role in many major disasters since then, the Boxing Day Tsunami and 7/7 London Bombings amongst them. Duncan was commended by the Metropolitan Police following the London Bombs for his role in setting up and running the Humanitarian Assistance Centre.


Duncan received an MBE for his services to Policing in the New Year’s Honours list 2012 and since retiring from police service has been serving as Family Liaison Advisor to the Hillsborough Inquiry.

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