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MANAGING COVERT OPERATIONS: key skills for investigators managing covert operations and engaging with covert tactics and operatives: CPD workshop - 6 December 2022


  • New workshop! Aimed at managers that may be required to manage covert operations, senior investigation officers (SIOs) or other managers and investigators that may engage with covert tactics or operatives.


  • It is aimed at a new to role staff or as a refresher for managers that have been working in this environment and who want to continue to develop their skills


  • The event will look at the context of covert investigations, the tactical options available, where the responsibility lies and issues regarding risk management.



  • Held online via Teams


  • Certificates of CPD available


The Investigator is hosting the latest of our CPD events aimed at promoting best practice in covert policing. This one-day event will provide all the latest updates and guidance needed to conduct a successful covert investigation and use covert tactics effectively in your work.

The day will cover:

Session One: Covert Investigations in Context

This session will examine some of the issues that need to be considered when considering overt tactics, such as:

  • Why use covert tactics?

  • What are the issues that arise from undertaking covert investigations?

  • The benefits and disadvantages of using covert methodology.

  • The consequences of using covert methods of investigation.


Session Two: An Overview of the Tactical Options

This session will examine a few of the cover tactics available for covert investigations, including

  • Directed surveillance – What tactics does this capture?

  • Intrusive surveillance – What makes it intrusive and what tactics can we deploy?

  • Property Interference – What activity does property interference actually allow us to undertake and what else do we need to consider?

  • CHIS and Undercover activity – What does each activity look like and how are they managed? What are the rules around criminal conduct and what are the different types of undercover operative roles that can be deployed?

  • Targeted Equipment Interference – What is this activity and what do we need to consider if using this methodology?

  • Targeted interception – When can we consider targeted interception and what do we need to be aware of when using it as a tactic?


Session Three:  Where does the Responsibility Lie?

This session will look at the different managerial roles involved in managing a covert operation and some of the pitfalls with different structures.

It will examine who oversees the cover tactics when used to support an overt investigation, the importance of the aim and objectives to achieving a successful outcome and how ‘safeguarding’ and ‘sustained public protection’ should be considered.

The session will also consider the issues where armed assets support a covert operation and where the responsibility lies plus potential areas of tension that can arise.


Session Four: Managing Risk in Covert Operations

This session will examine several areas relating to risk assessment and risk management in covert operations. It will look at the positive obligations placed upon organisations and managers, the benefits of robust risk assessment and potential vulnerabilities in the processes.

This session will also look at risk assessment and risk management models that can be applied to give a defensible position plus some of the areas where risk assessment in covert operations can cause managerial issues or ‘blind spots’.


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: £194.99+ VAT (GBP) per delegate (LEA and Government Agency rate).  £295 + VAT Industry rate

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.

Terms and conditions

NB: the price quoted is for one delegate to view the event live at the time of transmission. We do not provide copies of the recording to be viewed at a later date as our events are not open access events and we hold the copyright.  Reproduction without prior consent is strictly prohibited.