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Investigative Decision Making for frontline investigators CPD workshop 2 March 2022

• First of a series of three exclusive CPD workshops that provide best practice around the investigation of major crime
• Our exclusive series is aimed at investigators of all ranks and roles who want to enhance and build on their skills and who want to be kept updated with current developments and latest thinking
• Why not watch as a team or department as part of your ongoing Continuous Professional Development?
• Held online via Teams
• Booking is open for all three workshops. You can book individually or as a package of three events.

The Investigator is hosting the first in a three-part series that looks at the vital area of investigative decision making for frontline investigators.

Our exclusive workshop will look at the important concept of decision making within the context of an investigation and the factors that affect good and bad decision making including a look at how cognitive bias could adversely influence your judgements of witness, suspects and victims. With the help of an impressive line-up of experts, we’ll explore the following issues:

• What is meant by the term decision making in the context of an investigation?

• Why is it important? What impact could it have on your work?

• What are the factors that can adversely affect your decision making and how can you address these factors?

• What is the National Decision-Making model and how can it be successfully applied in an operational context?

• What is meant by the term cognitive bias and how can it prevent you from conducting a robust investigation that withstands challenges in court?

• What practical steps can you take to raise your awareness of your own cognitive bias to ensure it doesn’t adversely affect your decision making?


9.10am-9.20am: Welcome and introduction, Carol Jenkins, The Investigator


9.20am-10.10am:  Introduction to the concept of investigative decision making, the importance of recording rationale and reviewing decisions, Paul Fullwood, retired ACC, head of Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, and Hertfordshire Protective Services, PIP4 Gold Commander and now major crime advisor and consultant


10.10am-11am: How the murder of Janelle Duncan-Bailey demonstrated the impact of good and bad decision making on an investigation, Simon Harding, National SIO of the Year 2020, recently retired Detective Chief Inspector


11am-11.20am: Break


11.20am-12.10pm: Addressing common reasons for poor decision making and how to make better decisions in high pressure situations. Steve Keogh, trainer and former homicide investigator


12.10pm-12.50pm: Magnet Forensics

12.50pm-1.20pm: Break


1.20pm-2.10pm: Analysing decision logs to Understand Decision Making in Serious Crime Investigations: research findings, Coral Dando, Professor of Forensic Psychology at the University of Westminster


2.10pm-3pm: How cognitive bias could affect your decision making in relation to victims, witnesses and suspects and how to challenge and address this, Professor Jason Roach, Director of the Secure Societies Institute, Professor of Policing and Crime, University of Huddersfield and co-author of the 2019 book Decision Making in Police Inquiries and Critical Incidents.


3pm-3.50pm:  What is cognitive bias and how can it affect your decision making? Practical steps to raise awareness and address your own cognitive bias, Professor Gillian Tully, CBE, former Home Office Forensic Science Regulator


4pm: Workshop closes


Next two events – speakers and topics to be announced shortly.

April 6: Inside the mind of an offender: how behavioural science can provide vital intelligence about an offender to inform your investigation        

July 5: The talking crime scene: how a crime scene could provide vital clues to the identity of a victim and suspect and help investigators piece together the details of a even the most puzzling and complex crime. 


Single workshop: £184.99  + VAT (GBP) per delegate

If you book the three as an individual delegate it costs £495 (£165 per workshop) + VAT
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. 


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.