Jill Dando Criminal Investigation Day

Are you considering a career in policing, criminology or law and want to learn more about the practical skills needed to carry out an investigation? Our forthcoming event, Criminal Investigation Day: The Jill Dando Unsolved Murder Case, is perfect for you. Today we’re looking at what will be included in this event and how you can join in.

The event will start with an introduction to the case. Jill Wendy Dando was a much-loved English journalist, television presenter and newsreader. Most of her work was featured on the BBC and she was best known for co-hosting the programme Crimewatch.

On 26 April 1999, Dando was shot dead outside her home. The murder received a huge amount of press attention and led to the biggest murder inquiry conducted by the Metropolitan Police.


Future Pupil Coordinator, Maria Liddiard, London Policing Lead, Jenn Schmidt-Peterson, and London Policing Tutor, Dene Storr, will all be sharing their expertise on the case.

Maria Liddiard has studied the case in-depth and has some very strong views around the trial. Maria is also a big fan of William Clegg, who worked on the trial. Maria is leading the trial activity, which includes cross examination and closing statements.

Jenn Schmidt-Peterson will talk about cognitive bias and how police have developed ways to ensure they do not allow this to ruin an investigation. Jenn also talks about evidence-led policing and making judgements based on that evidence at that time.

Dene Storr will discuss the huge challenges in the investigation, as there were so many leads and pieces of information due to the celebrity nature and Crimewatch appeal.

What will you do during the event?

  • Be introduced to the event and the facts of the case
  • Take part in an evidence workshop
  • Be the senior investigating officer (SIO) - find out what the role entails and what the ‘Murder Manual’ is.
  • Look at the evidence, suspects and motives behind the killing and learn how you would use the evidence in a trial.
  • Learn about the process of going through a court and how a trial works
  • Discover more about the roles of all the people involved in a criminal court case
  • Experience cross examination of witnesses
  • You will be placed on either the prosecution or defence team, where you’ll need to work together to create an effective case. Your closing statement will be delivered to the judge.
  • Feel what it’s like to have the fate of the accused in your hands.

Why you should attend

ULaw’s Senior Student Recruitment Manager Clare Tubridy says: “The Jill Dando case is fascinating due to her fame, popularity and the nature of her murder. She was killed outside her own home in London, on a busy street, in broad daylight.

The event will allow students to take the role of the Senior Investigating Officer, a criminal barrister in the trial and a criminologist as we review the impact of the media on how victims are portrayed in murder cases.

We will analyse the evidence, identify the key suspects and discover how, despite a conviction, the case remains unsolved.”

This unique opportunity will allow prospective students an insight into the different roles surrounding criminal proceedings. Sign up now for your chance to discover the perfect role for you.


We will be hosting our Criminal Investigation Day: The Jill Dando Unsolved Murder Case virtually on both the 3 June (10:30 - 12:30) and 17 June (16:00 - 18:00). Book your place at either of the events on our events page.