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Investigation Skills training:

Criminal Procedures & Investigations Act (CPIA) Operational guidance -Level 2

Duration: Two days

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 it for?

For investigators, disclosure officers or SIO’s who investigate the more serious or complex criminal cases and who require a knowledge of CPIA which encompasses not only the basics of investigations and unused material but also those additional, more bespoke and strategic elements connected with such protracted investigations.
Note: This course is also suitable for prosecutors or defence solicitors who require an in-depth knowledge of the investigative processes employed by the police and their legislative disclosure obligations.

What does this course cover?

• History of CPIA and associated guidance including new AG Guidelines and new Codes of Practice
• Disclosure Protocol
• How is crime investigated?
• How to investigate crime exercise
• 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 in Crown Court Cases
• Scheduling process for Crown Court
• Disclosure in the Magistrates Court (TSJ)
• Scheduling exercise
• Continuing duty to review
• Defence statements
• Management of intelligence / highly sensitive material
• Police misconduct
• Third party material
• Digital material (communications evidence) incl. DMD
• Expert witnesses
• Government Security Classifications
• Surveillance authorisations and intercept product
• Financial investigations
• Scientific support material
• Forensic Science Service material
• Protected person material
• Operational and Therapeutic debriefings
• Operational reviews
• Major and protracted investigations
• 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 serious or complex criminal investigation.
    • To demonstrate 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), defence statements and the additional elements of a complex investigation and their impact upon the CPIA.

Get in touch

For more information please contact us.


Telephone 0843 4559 999