A former detective has taken a novel approach to retirement, launching a consultancy offering advice and insight to aspiring crime writers.
Stuart Gibbon, 51, of Sleaford, set up Gib Consultancy earlier this year and says the venture is a great way of putting the knowledge he garnered during his Lincolnshire Police career to good use.
As well as offering the benefit of his 32 years’ experience to writers, giving advice on subjects including murder investigations, forensics and police procedures, the former DCI is also available to give talks to groups and organisations regarding crime prevention and safety.
“It’s going really well, and I’m finding it very rewarding,” said Stuart, who worked major crime cases in most of the county’s main towns during his time with Lincolnshire Police.
“It enables me to give something back and it means I can still use the expertise I have built up to help people.”
Stuart launched his consultancy in January, and since then has advised several writers, including members of the prestigious Crime Writers’ Association, writing both fiction and/or true crime to help them accurately portray police actions and procedures in their work. He also runs group workshops on murder investigation using factual case studies and media footage.
In addition Stuart travels all over the county giving talks to groups such as branches of the Womens’ Institute, U3A, Probus and lunch clubs, where he talks about home security, bogus callers ad rogue traders, personal safety, mobile phone security and scammers.
“I tend to gear them towards older age groups, as unfortunately they are often the more vulnerable ones in our society,” he said.
“By providing access to relevant crime prevention literature and products, I’m helping to reduce the chances of such people becoming the victim of a crime.”
Stuart also runs a blog through his website www. gibconsultancy.co.uk which gives updates on local and national crime news.