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The Criminal Intelligence Analyst

Sarah Ali (nee Wardle)
(Heathfield 1984-1990)


After leaving Heathfield I studied a BSc in Psychology and Neuroscience at Manchester University. In my third year I opted for a module in Criminology which I really enjoyed. After leaving University I moved to London and did some voluntary work for a mental health charity and managed to get some work experience in Barlinnie Prison in Scotland, working with the psychologist and social workers.

During this time I happened to watch a documentary featuring social psychologist David Canter who had set up a Masters course in Investigative Psychology at Liverpool University. I decided that that was what I wanted to do and rang him up the next day.

At the end of my course, I was approached to work for the Metropolitan Police as a Criminal Intelligence Analyst. I worked for eight years in various intelligence units which focused mainly on organised crime including kidnap, fraud and armed robbery investigations. Since having my children, I have continued to work freelance.

I loved my time at Heathfield. My father was in the army which meant a number of moves and so for me the most important thing about Heathfield was the continuity in education and the friendships I made. I used to look forward to going back to school and I am still in regular contact with a number of girls from my year.