Conference News – new for 2021

The Investigator has launched a number of online conferences and workshops for 2021. Booking is open now.

Vehicle systems forensics expert Noel Lowdon of Harper Shaw Investigation Consultants Ltd will be joining us for this two-day online workshop that will explore the investigative opportunities that vehicle data can provide to an investigation.

Rapid advancements in automotive technology have enabled investigators to use vehicle data to build up a rich

evidential picture of key information relating to a crime including movement, location, association and driver

behaviour of suspects and witnesses.

It also comes with a number of challenges and so it is vital that investigators are fully aware of the challenges

and possible pitfalls so that they can address them successfully. 

Click HERE for full details

Join us for our exclusive one-day CPD event on the Investigative Interviewing of Suspects. The day is aimed at all investigators who are required to conduct PEACE interviews in the course of their work.


It is ideal if you want to get a basic ground in suspect interviews or if you want to brush up on your existing skills and stay current in this ever-changing area of investigative practice.


It will also provide you with an important forum for debate and to network with colleagues to share current issues

and best practice.

It will be led by Martin Vaughan, an international investigative interviewing trainer, lecturer and former ACPO National Investigative Interview Advisor and investigator with Gwent Police, where he worked for over 30 years before retiring to run his own investigative interviewing training and consultancy.

Click HERE for full details

Free online workshops for 2021

Book your free place by emailing Dale at

We’ve launched our dates for our free online digital investigation workshops which are led by industry and feature latest developments in how technology and products are helping investigations.

They are free to attend for serving investigators and you can sign up for one of the following dates:

• 22 April

• 22 June

• 1 July

• 30 September

• 2 December

Click HERE for details

One of most prolific paedophiles ever investigated by the NCA is jailed for 25 years

An online predator who approached more than 5,000 boys online pretending to be multiple teenage girls on Facebook has been jailed for 25 years.

Labourer David Wilson, 36, blackmailed some victims into abusing younger siblings or friends and sending him the footage.

He is one of the most prolific child sexual abuse (CSA) offenders the National Crime Agency has ever investigated.


Europol warning on illicit sale of false negative Covid-19 test certificates

Criminals are capitalising on the current pandemic by producing and selling fake COVID-19 test certificates, warns a Europol Early Warning Notification.



More help needed to ensure vulnerable migrant victims report crimes

A joint investigation by HMICFRS, the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) and the College of Policing has found that vulnerable migrant victims of should be supported in reporting crimes to the police.


College of Policing launches Interactive resource to support digital investigations

The College of Policing has launched a new interactive online resource to help new and serving officers, police staff and volunteers acquire key digital skills they need to undertake investigations effectively.


Emotet malware botnet used to infiltrate millions of computers has been taken down

The National Crime Agency (NCA) has teamed up with law enforcement partners across the world to take down a malware botnet that was used by cybercriminals to infiltrate thousands of companies and millions of computers worldwide.


Eastern Region Special Operations Unit takes down industrial-scale drugs websites

Two online marketplaces openly advertising drugs to UK buyers have been taken down following an international law enforcement operation led by the Eastern Region Special Operations Unit (ERSOU).



Government announces review of Prevent strand of counter terrorism strategy CONTEST

The government has announced that William Shawcross has been appointed as the new Independent Reviewer of Prevent.



NPCC and CPS collaborate to improve performance on rape and sexual assault

The National Police Chief’s Council (NPCC) and the Crown Prosecution Service has signed a Joint National Action Plan that sets out a wide-ranging plan for greater collaboration to improve the response to RASSO cases.



Forensic Science Regulator calls for change in final report

The Forensic Science Regulator has warned that parts of the sector remain in a precarious position and that there is an urgent need for fundamental change.


Men involved in death of 39 Vietnamese nationals jailed for 92 years in biggest case in Essex Police history

Seven men have been sentenced to a total of more than 92 years in prison following an investigation into the tragic deaths of 39 Vietnamese nationals in October 2019.


Purple notice issued by Interpol to warn about international dating app scam

Interpol has issued a Purple Notice to its 194 member countries outlining a specific modus operandi on dating applications.



The Investigator congratulates regular speaker Tom Farrell on QPM award

The Investigator wants to congratulate PC Thomas Farrell for being awarded the Queen’s Police Medal (QPM) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for his work investigating the online sexual abuse of children.



Organised crime groups increasingly use violence in its work

A new report by Europol warns that organised crime groups are increasingly employing violence in pursuit of their criminal objectives, and such violence represents a threat to public security in the EU.



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New guidance on extracting data from electronic devices to be introduced

The College of Policing is to introduce new guidance on extracting data from the electronic devices of victims, witnesses and suspects in an investigation.

It has just finished a period of consultation in which asked for view from officers, staff, and the public with formal guidance to follow shortly.

Its aim is to ensure police investigations effectively balance the need to follow all reasonable lines of enquiry, guaranteeing a fair trial with the need to respect the privacy of people.


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Welcome to our Feb/March 2021 Newsletter

Our newsletter aims to keep you updated with latest developments in the world of criminal investigation.

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