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Criminology & Law Enforcement
IT, Computing, Internet & Social Media
David McCaddon is an award winning playwright and author of modern Crime thriller novels. Before retiring in 2017 David was an IT systems consultant who had worked in computing for over 46 years primarily as a programmer and had spent the past 34 years specialising in Police and Prison systems worldwide working for ICL, Fujitsu and McDonnell Douglas Information Systems.

His work has involved him working in many Police major incident rooms worldwide and he has been responsible for developing investigative systems throughout a large number of the UK’s Police forces and worldwide.

He now devotes most of his time as an entertaining guest speaker lecturing worldwide on a range of subjects including crime and technology related topics. His crime trilogy which is set in the North West has now been fully published and has received great reviews. His latest novel “The Final Footprint” has recently been published.

David's interests include singing (tenor in a male voice choir), guitar, rugby and creative writing.

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The Life and Crimes of Agatha Christie
A fascinating talk and a look at the remarkable career of the most popular crime novelist of all times – Agatha Christie the indisputable “Queen of Crime”. David looks at her early life, her own real-life mystery and the creation of many of her characters including Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple.

Beyond the Yorkshire Ripper
This entertaining and informative lecture tells the story of what happened next after the Yorkshire Ripper enquiry. Clearly at the time the investigation suffered through the lack of computer assistance and following the recommendations of the Sir Lawrence Byford report there was a clear need for a purpose-built computer system. David was instrumental in the development of the UK’s first Police Major Incident Computer System (MICA) with West Yorkshire Police and later with the development of the HOLMES system which is still operational today. The talk which David regularly gives is light hearted and as well as dealing with the serious aspects also relates to some of the more humorous moments from the incident rooms around the UK and the implementation of the Major Incident systems worldwide.

Costa Del Crime – the end of an era?
The end of the era when British criminals on the run can find sanctuary on Spain’s southern ‘Costas’ is now a reality. This talk looks at the changes that have happened since those days when some of the villains from a number of high profile cases including the Great Train Robbery & the Brink’s Mat Robbery attempted to escape there. There are a few surprises when comparing some of the crimes.

We never forget a face
Facial recognition software can be a valuable tool when used correctly. Many countries use this type of software to effectively expand their police force. David worked on facial recognition development solutions in Europe, Middle East and Africa. This talk considers the pros and cons and looks at some of the applications that David has been involved in together with some of the weirder solutions that we might expect to see using the technology today.

Building a system from a disaster
The Bradford City stadium fire was the worst fire disaster in the history of English football. It occurred during a league match in front of record numbers of spectators, on Saturday, 11th May 1985, killing 56 and injuring at least 265. David was involved with West Yorkshire Police in the investigation and the subsequent design/development of CRISIS the UK’s first Casualty Bureau and Identification System.
This talk looks at how the disaster inspired the development of CRISIS which was subsequently used to assist in a number of major disasters including the Herald of Free Enterprise ferry at Zeebrugge and the Pan Am 103 disaster at Lockerbie.

Internet Safety – Pitfalls, Dangers and Scams
The Internet plays an increasingly important role in our lives today but using this resource should be used with care. This popular talk considers the pitfalls, dangers and scams and how to overcome them.

From Computing to Crime Author
This entertaining talk describes how David moved from a life of crime (assisting police forces worldwide) to becoming a published crime author. From the moment when he received that first phone call from West Yorkshire Police to developing what became the de facto standard in Major Incident investigation. David’s talk touches on some of the humorous moments working in many major incident rooms and how it’s influenced his writing.

Working with Police overseas
The demand for Crime Investigation solutions is as great worldwide as it is in the UK. David has worked with Police forces in many countries worldwide including Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Botswana, USA and Canada. This talk shares his experience and some of the more humorous moments encountered in working abroad.

Scandinavian Crime Writers
Over the last decade there has been a huge growth in the popularity of translated crime novels from the Scandinavian countries. They’ve been grouped together under terms such as Nordic noir and Scandi crime. The phenomena has also led to an explosion in the popularity of films and TV from these countries. In this talk David looks at some of the most notable crime writers of the area including the mystery of Stieg Larsson’s unfinished sequel to the Millenium books.
I have previously been a guest lecturer on CELEBRITY ECLIPSE during a 14 day cruise to the Western Mediterranean where I delivered six different lectures. One of those lectures included “Costa Del Crime – End of an Era” which I am frequently asked to deliver and was designed specifically for that cruise. I am an enthusiastic speaker who engages with the audience in a relaxed, entertaining, informative and friendly style. When not at sea I regularly present to various organisations including W.I, Probus, supper clubs etc. My presentations are always well attended and updated regularly.