Investigating County

Lines Criminality

CPD online Conference

14-15 October 2020

  • New date announced! This event will be held online via Microsoft Teams


  • A two-day virtual conference to provide investigators with current challenges, trends, research and best practice around County Lines


  • Our event will feature top experts from law enforcement, academia, government, charities and leading authorities in County Lines who will present current thinking around this challenging area


  • Online attendance at the event will help broaden and deeper your understanding of this complex issue and help inform your investigations


  • The conference will also provide a valuable forum for debate and the sharing of ideas and best practice.


  • Certificate of CPD available for delegates

The Investigator is hosting a conference to provide best practice and operational advice around the growing scourge of county lines criminality.

Aimed at investigators of all ranks, it aims to provide best practice, highlight current challenges and provide a forum for debate among UK forces and other interested agencies.

County lines crime relates to the supply of Class A drugs, primarily crack cocaine and heroin, from urban cities to market towns, coastal areas and rural locations by young people, using a branded mobile phone line.

Criminal networks use violence and intimidation to establish and maintain markets, with practices including forcing vulnerable people from their homes to establish a base to sell drugs.

The county lines model involves modern day slavery and exploitation of children and vulnerable adults alongside drugs supply and violent crime.

Speakers and topics include:

• A proactive project to prevent cuckooing in vulnerable communities using a raft of measures including Partial Closure Orders: Inspector James Humphries and Owen Miller, Problem Solving Analyst, Oxford Problem Solving Team, Thames Valley Police

• Work by British Transport Police to identify vulnerable young people who are travelling on the rail networks: DCI Brett Walker, British Transport Police

• A local, regional and national four-point plan to tackling County Lines in Merseyside: Det Supt, Andrew O’Connor, Preventative Policing, Merseyside Police

• The West Midlands experience – reactive v proactive: Supt Richard Agar and Det Supt Andy Hill, West Midlands Police


• Results of the ‘County Lines – a national summary and emerging best practice research’: Simon Ford Programme Director of the Home Office Violence and Vulnerability Unit

• Findings and recommendations of the ‘Rescue and Response County Lines Project/Research’: Junior Smart. Founder of the SOS Gangs Project, St Giles Trust

• The challenging of tackling County Lines in rural areas: Tilia Lenz, lecturer practitioner consultant, Pan-Dorset and Wiltshire Social Work Teaching Partnership

• County lines and the transformation of middle drug markets within a local organised crime context: Dr Paul Andell, Senior Lecturer in Criminology, University of Suffolk

• Transforming county lines investigations through analysis and data sharing: Richard Helston, Chorus Intelligence

Further speakers to be announced. 


Cost: £299.50 (GBP) per delegate


Timings: Each day will start at 10.00 (BST) and finish at 16.00 (BST)
Booking: Please send the delegates name(s), email address and purchase order to or telephone +44(0)844 660 8707 for further information. 

Payment can be made by PayPal/debit/credit card (corporate card fees apply + 3%).

Important disclaimer

Please note, we respectfully ask that only delegates who have paid for a place are permitted to attend our virtual conference. If you would like to attend as a group of more than ten delegates from the same force then please contact us for group rates.

Please refer to the College of Police Code of Ethics 2014 for guidance. Please see page 11 section 7, which states: ‘I will treat information with respect, and access or disclose it only in the proper course of my duties’






Chorus Intelligence (previously Create Intelligence) was founded in 2011 with the aim of delivering a cost effective solution to the tsunami of data that Analysts and Investigators face in today’s environment.

Often, Analysts and Investigators spend the majority of their time collating, formatting and aligning multiple data sources. Meaning that highly skilled resources are being inefficiently tasked by preparing data instead of proactively performing analysis to gain valuable insight and intelligence to help decision makers make informed decisions.

Our first product, Chorus Analyse, is now the number 1 data cleansing and analysis tool used by UK law enforcement. Since its introduction, it has helped forces and agencies across the country to solve high profile cases and keep our streets safe. Chorus now offers a full suite of products that give Investigators and front line officers the tools they need in order to do their jobs efficiently and effectively.

To this day, Chorus has been deployed across the globe in the fight against terrorism, serious and organised crime, the exploitation of at risk and vulnerable people, and sophisticated financial frauds.

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