The man leading the hunt for the killers of Paul Thrower cut his detective teeth in Hillingdon.
Detective Chief Inspector Howard Groves of the Homicide and Serious Crime Command was based at Uxbridge police station in Warwick Place in the early 1990s.
An elegant dresser, he also appeared alongside veteran presenter Sue Lawley in BBC's The Crime Squad - and once famously dodged a bullet in The Big Apple.
Perhaps his most high profile case to date was the murders of former model Melissa Halstead and Paula Fields.
John Sweeney, 54, was given two life sentences at the Old Bailey for murdering two of his former girlfriends and throwing their bodies in canals in London and the Netherlands.
Former model Miss Halstead, 33, from the US, was killed in 1990. Her dismembered body was thrown into a canal in Rotterdam in the Netherlands.
The body parts of Paula Fields, 31, were found in six holdalls floating in the Regent's Canal in Camden.
One of his most recent cases was in Acton, when a man was stabbed to death and two others injured in Gorst Road last November.
In March 1999, on holiday in New York, he helped apprehend an armed robber, joining NYPD officers to give chase and tackle the man who had been robbing a sports ticket vendor, and who loosed off a shot at the British bobby.
The then mayor of the city, Rudolph Giiuliani, praised Mr Groves's actions.