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Covert Tradecraft: drafting an application or authorisation under RIPA - CPD Workshop 9 February 2022


  • Online via Teams

  • Certificates of CPD available


The Investigator is hosting this exclusive workshop that looks at contemporary issues, challenges and best practice around the important area of drafting an application or authorisation under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 when preparing to conduct a covert investigation.

Our workshop will be divided into four sessions that will cover the following:

An outline of the roles of the Applicant, the Gatekeeper and the Authorising Officer?

This session will examine these three roles and their responsibilities. It will also look at the interaction between these roles and where there are pitfalls which may impact upon the application or authorisation.

The Legal Tests for Applicants and Authorising Officers and Applying the key terms of Necessary, Proportionality and Collateral Intrusion.

This session looks at the three legal tests required to be performed by the applicant and the six legal tests required to be performed by the authorising officer, to ensure legal compliance with RIPA. The session will then go on to examine the key terms of necessary, proportionality and collateral intrusion to ascertain exactly what these terms mean and how they should be applied in applications and authorisations.

Post Authorisation Responsibilities

This session looks at the requirements that are placed upon applicants, gatekeepers and authorising officers once the application has been granted. It will examine the timescales and requirements for reviews, renewals and cancellations plus the latest product management safeguards plus the requirements of the IPCO Data Assurance Programme.

Golden rules, common pitfalls and practical tips.

This session will look at requirements of the application and authorisation from a practical perspective to identify some golden rules, common pitfalls and some top tips to aid the completion. The session will look at the different requirements in the applications between Directed Surveillance, Covert Human Intelligence Sources and higher-level authorities for Intrusive Surveillance and Property Interference to assist delegates to understand how to make their completion easier.


About our expert speaker and trainer

Adrian Ramdat is a former investigator having spent over 26 years working operationally at a local, regional, national and international level. He was a career detective and spent the majority of his career working in the investigation of serious and organised crime whilst specialising as covert operative and manager.

Adrian was seconded to the National Policing Improvements Agency (now the College of Policing) where he held the portfolio for Covert Law Enforcement. In this role he designed and delivered the RIPA Authorising Officer’s course, the Advanced CHIS Management course and the CHIS Cultivation & Recruitment course. He sat on the ACPO National Source Working Group and the Cultivation & Recruitment and Training subgroups.

Adrian returned to operational policing where he was headed up a Covert Management Operations Unit (COMU), undertook major crime reviews and performed the role of the Operational Security Officer (OpSY).

Adrian was a previous Director of Covert Intelligence and Specialist Training before setting up his own business called Signature Brand Training & Consultancy Ltd offering training and consultancy in RIPA, IPA, covert skills, CHIS, whistle blowing and intelligence. He provides training and advice to police forces and law enforcement agencies across the UK and also around the world.

Adrian has degree in education, a post graduate certificate in education (PGCE) and is a qualified assessor.


Cost: £192.50 + VAT (GBP) per delegate (LEA and Government Agency only).

Booking: Please send the delegates name(s), email address(es) and purchase order (made out to The Investigator) to or telephone +44(0)844 660 8707 for further information. This is open to LEA, Government and public sector security contractors only.

Under no circumstances will a delegate be able to register using a free webmail address (ie: gmail, Yahoo, Outlook, Hotmail, AOL etc) but you can use one to login into Teams once your work email has been verified.

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

The meeting link will be sent out 7 days before the event.

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