National County Lines Co-ordination Centre head to open conference


The Silver lead of the National County Lines Co-ordination Centre, Tim Champion is to headline our Investigating County Lines criminality conference on 14 and 15 October.

Organised by The Investigator, the conference is being held online and is aimed at investigators of all ranks and roles who want to develop their understanding of contemporary issues surrounding County Lines criminality.

It will be held online via Teams and is sponsored by Chorus Intelligence who will be speaking about analysis and data sharing.

The National County Lines Coordination Centre (NCLCC), which is jointly led by the NCA and the National Police Chief’s Council (NPCC), is responsible for mapping out the threat from county lines nationally and prioritising action against the most significant perpetrators.

It provides support to front line officers and is working to deepen the partnerships with non-law enforcement organisations to enhance the wider national response.

Mr Champion, a former Met Det Supt with 32 years’ service will outline all the latest developments, best practice and operational challenges around the investigation of County Lines criminality.

He will also explain how the National County Lines Co-ordination Centre can support your investigation and provide valuable advice.

He will be joined by an impressive line-up of experts from policing, The Government, other agencies and established experts in the field who will provide expert best practice that you won’t find elsewhere.


Topics to be discussed include:

  • Is your force a net importer or an exporter? How an understanding of both terms is the key to successful investigation of County Lines offences


  • How Partial Closure Orders can prevent addresses being cuckooed and protect victims and the wider community

   • How to use open source intelligence to locate missing young people who might be involved in County Lines


  • A comprehensive understanding of the complex interplay between the status of an offender who could be a suspect and victim and how this can affect your investigation. PLUS: a look at how to effectively engage with young people and assess their vulnerability


  • A valuable insight into the structure of County Lines, how they operate and how investigators can dismantle their activity


  • Why prevention is as important as reactive investigations


  • A look at County Lines as a wider society issue and the importance of seeing it within the context of modern slavery/human trafficking issues


  • Latest research from the Home Office Violence and Vulnerability Unit and from the St Giles’ Trust


  • County Lines and the transformation of middle drug markets within a local organised crime context


  • Identifying young victims who are travelling on the rail networks


  • Transforming County Lines investigations through analysis and data sharing



  • Case studies from police forces including Merseyside, West Midlands, Thames Valley and British Transport Police


Speakers include:

  • Inspector James Humphries and Owen Miller, Problem Solving Analyst, Oxford Problem Solving Team, Thames Valley Police


  • DCI Brett Walker, County Lines taskforce British Transport Police


  • Det Supt, Andrew O’Connor, Preventative Policing, Merseyside Police


  • Supt Richard Agar, and Det Supt Andy Hill, West Midlands Police


  • Simon Ford Programme Director of the Home Office Violence and Vulnerability Unit


  • Junior Smart. Founder of the SOS Gangs Project, St Giles Trust


  • Tilia Lenz, lecturer practitioner consultant, Pan-Dorset and Wiltshire Social Work Teaching Partnership


  • Dr Paul Andell, Senior Lecturer in Criminology, University of Suffolk


  • Richard Helson, Chorus Intelligence


  • Neil Smith and David Grimstead, Locate International


To book your place and find out more about the conference click HERE

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