Our protagonist, Detective Chief Inspector Jonny Priest is a professional police officer, a true Copper's copper. Hardworking, diligent, methodical and likes a pint or two. Not without his vices, nor his own personal demons, DCI Priest is every bit a modern day detective. 
He left school aged 16 and worked a series of dead end jobs for a couple of years; stacking shelves in supermarkets and off-licences. 
Two years later he joined the Hertfordshire Police Force as a Special Constable, and worked out of Potters Bar police station. Two years further on, and he had joined up as a full time Constable. 
1996 saw a move to 'the big smoke'.  
The Metropolitan Police Force beckoned and he took full advantage of what was on offer - he joined CID, passed his Sergeants exam, and aged 32 was promoted to the rank of Inspector. 
During this whirlwind time, he had trained as an Authorised Firearms Officer (AFO) and been seconded to the Vice Squad between 2003 - 2007; but murder came calling! 
Between 2007 and 2009 DI Priest, as part of The Met's Murder Investigation Team (MIT) had investigated 48 murders in the capital. He had a taste for the complexities and detail required; and he was good at it. 
In 2009, at the age of 39, he passed his promotions board to Detective Chief Inspector. 
THE DECALOGUE picks up the story from here... 
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