Prior to his retirement in 2014 he was one of the highest decorated detectives in the UK. He is a member of the Home Office Ending Gang Youth Violence and Exploitation focus group. As managing director at Urban Pure Solutions, Dean specialises in engaging with least-heard communities, those affected or at risk from street-based threats and criminal influences, as well as those vulnerable to radicalisation and other forms of exploitation. He has shared his knowledge of gangs, county lines and child criminal exploitation across the UK – assisting over 80 thousand safeguarders, young adults, and children to increase personal resilience to child criminal exploitation and county lines.