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Investigation Skills training:

Criminal Procedures & Investigations Act (CPIA) Operational guidance -Level 1

Duration: One day

Our investigation skills courses have been developed by our Head of Investigative Skills, Chris Davies. Chris is an experienced former police detective and fully qualified crime trainer with experience of developing training courses for the College of Policing.

Who is this course for?

For investigators and disclosure officers who investigate volume crime criminal cases and who require a knowledge of the CPIA which encompasses not only the basics of investigations and unused material but also those additional essential elements connected with such cases.
Note: This course is also suitable for prosecutors or defence solicitors who require an overview of the investigative processes employed by the police and their legislative disclosure obligations

What does this course cover?

• The new AG Guidelines and new Codes of Practice
• Disclosure Protocol
• How is crime investigated?
• Criminal investigations / investigative strategies / recording
• Role of an investigator / investigative responsibilities
• Reasonable lines of enquiry / What is evidence?
• The CPIA … The 6 R’s / Responsibilities / Pre-Charge Engagement / Charging / Common Law obligations / Role of Disclosure Officer / Material (incl. relevance & negative material)
• The forms / descriptions / sensitivity / the disclosure test
• The new ‘Presumption’ list (Mandatory items) / Editing / Public Interest Immunity (P.I.I)
• Disclosure management and scheduling processes in Magistrates (TSJ) and Crown Courts (BCM)
• Continuing duty to review
• Defence statements
• Third party material
• Digital material (communications evidence) incl. DMD
• Closure / questions / feedback

Learning Objectives:

    • To understand what a criminal investigation is, how an investigation should be undertaken, and the responsibilities placed upon investigators.
    • To understand the meaning of evidence, unused material, relevance, sensitivity, and the test for disclosure.
    • To understand the Common Law and CPIA obligations in relation to all aspects of a volume crime investigation.
    • To understand how to describe, edit and schedule unused material onto the relevant forms including mandatory items, the Disclosure Management Document and pre charge engagement.
    • To understand how the CPIA operates within the prosecution process, the Criminal Justice System and subsequent Court hearings.
    • To understand the part played by the Disclosure Protocol, the new Attorney Generals Guidelines and new CPIA Codes of Practice, third party material, Public Interest Immunity (PII) and defence statements.

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Telephone 0843 4559 999