May 15, 2024

Neil McGuinness

Presentation: “Big Show”

The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) received two reports of unrelated international kidnaps within twelve months of each other. On both occasions the hostages were taken in Libya and the victims were in Northern Ireland. Could UK law enforcement conduct effective kidnap crime in action investigations from Northern Ireland with hostages in Libya? Should we, and what would success look like? This presentation will outline the approach Police Service of Northern Ireland chose to take and the central role Negotiators played in trying to save the lives of a teenage boy and a young mother in Libya, a country whose infrastructure was decimated through ongoing conflict.

Presented by: Detective Chief Inspector Neil McGuinness 

Detective Chief Inspector Neil McGuinness began his law enforcement career in Cambridgeshire Constabulary in 1997 before moving to London’s Metropolitan Police Service. In 2006 he joined the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) and has worked in a variety of Detective roles including within Organised Crime, Drugs, Northern Ireland Legacy homicide and contemporary homicide investigations. He has led one of Northern Ireland’s Major Investigation Teams since 2000 and has been Senior Investigating Officer for numerous homicide enquiries with a particular focus on Category A Terrorist related murders.

In May 2024 Neil takes up the role of Senior Investigation Officer with the Independent Commission for Reconciliation and Information Recovery (ICRIR), a body established by legislation to provide information to victims, survivors and their families about the thousands of Northern Ireland ‘Troubles’ and conflict-related deaths and serious injuries and to promote reconciliation within communities in Northern Ireland.

Neil became a Hostage & Crisis Negotiator in 2010 and has served as a kidnap and extortion Negotiator, Negotiator Coordinator and a UK Counter-Terrorism Negotiator. He was PSNI Service Coordinator 2018-2020 and has been involved in National course training in both Police Scotland and Greater Manchester Police.