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Major Crime and the Media: proactive strategies for engaging with the media in an investigation CPD workshop 29 September 2022


  • An exclusive one-day CPD workshop that provides practical strategies around how to successfully engage with the media during a major crime investigation and address any problems and pitfalls that could compromise an investigation


  • An impressive line-up of speakers will include former BBC Home Affairs Correspondent Danny Shaw and now crime, justice and policing consultant; experienced SIOs Richard Leonard and Paul Fullwood and Amanda Coleman, former Head of Communications, Greater Manchester Police and now independent Communications Consultant


  • A ‘must attend’ event for investigators of all ranks who want to develop and enhance their understanding of the challenges and opportunities presented by engaging with the media during a major investigation


  • This is the latest workshop in our Investigating Major Crime series which provides operational best practice and a forum for debate for investigators from the DC to the SIO. Go to www.the-investigator.co.uk for a full list of our CPD events.


  • Held online via Teams


  • Certificates of CPD available at this event.


The Investigator is hosting this one-day online workshop that considers the key issues, considerations, challenges, and best practice around engaging with the media in an investigation.

We will consider the fact that while an effective media strategy is the cornerstone of a professional investigation, it can often be fraught with problems and challenges for the investigator and as a result could have an impact on the integrity of the investigation and affect a person’s right to a fair trial.

The spotlight is often on the SIO and their team to solve a major crime quickly and arrest the suspects. Major investigations can often be politicised and open to much scrutiny and criticism from the community and local and national authorities.

The need to balance justice for victims and witnesses with the need to ensure a person’s right to a fair trial are vitally important and so we will discuss the impact of all these issues.

We will also look at the day-to-day mechanics of dealing with the media, how the media can play a positive role in a major investigation and serve as a vital link between the investigation and the public. We will look at the process of appealing for witnesses and advice on how to provide positive and engaging updates that will maintain media interest throughout the investigation. 

There will also be a look at the various reporting restrictions and legal issues affecting what can be legally reported about an ongoing investigation and provide advice to investigators on how to manage these aspects. We’ll also talk about how to respond to negative media coverage and ways to protect an investigation from being compromised from negative media coverage.


Speakers and topics 
•    What the media want when a major crime occurs: an inside look into how the media operate when a crime occurs and advice for investigators on how to engage effectively with all media, Danny Shaw former BBC Home Affairs Correspondent Danny Shaw and now crime, justice and policing consultant
•    A step too far: accountability of the media in the murder of Eastenders actress Sian Blake and her two young sons. A look at how the investigation could have been compromised because of the fact a national newspaper accessed and pub-lished sensitive material, Richard Leonard, recently retired Senior Investigating Of-ficer in the Operation Mabledon, Met Police Homicide Command 

•    The murder of schoolboy Rikki Neave: a consideration of the challenges of the role of the media and its impact on an unsolved crime that was solved nearly 30 years after it happened, Paul Fullwood, SIO in the investigation, retired ACC, head of Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, and Hertfordshire Protective Services, PIP4 Gold Commander.

•    Managing the media and social media into the investigation into the Manchester Arena Bombing: the challenges of staying ahead of the narrative as a high pro-life investigation unfolds in real time. Amanda Coleman, former Head of Communi-cations, Greater Manchester Police and now independent Communications Consult-ant, nationally recognised expert in crisis communications and the author of the book ‘Crisis Communication Strategies: How to Prepare in Advance, Respond Effectively and Recover in Full


Further speakers to be announced shortly 


Cost: £189.00 + VAT (GBP) per delegate

Booking: Please send the delegates name(s), email address(es) and purchase order (made out to The Investigator) to booking@the-investigator.co.uk 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.