Shortest Path to Success

Running a successful company that provides training for analysts in police and law enforcement agencies is more than just a job for the dedicated team at Shortest Path Training Ltd – it’s their vocation and their passion. Carol Jenkins talks to Michelle Fuller and Fraser Patrick about the ethos behind the company and their plans for 2022.



New report shows scale of child sexual exploitation and abuse online increasing.



Technology and Trafficking: Research conducted by the United Nations shows how trafficking victims are being targeted and recruited via social media and online dating site. The Investigator reports.



Vacancies within NCA’s National Covert Internet Investigation Team

A day in the life of an NCIT Officer

NCIT recently targeted a clear website which was hosting child sex abuse imagery. Accounts posting these images were selected and their accounts were assessed and documented for possible evidential use. An investigation was conducted on each profile to identify the user and safeguard any children depicted. This involved an open source investigation, liaising with foreign law enforcement and Undercover Online officers, and dark web investigations.



Operation Modify

An Innovative new initiative by the Digital Intelligence and Investigation Team at the College of Policing aims to help investigators improve their digital thinking.



Police launch ‘Ask for Angela’ initiative to protect women from sexual violence

The City of London Police, City of London Corporation and Metropolitan Police Service are working in partnership with Safer Sounds, who are part of the Safer Business Network, and licensed venues to help keep people safe while in the City of London.



Cultural property crime thrives during pandemic says INTERPOL survey

Cultural property crime has continued unabated throughout the global COVID-19 pandemic and in some cases even surged to new heights, INTERPOL’s 2020 Assessing Crimes Against Cultural Property survey finds.



Changes to gun law ownership introduced after Plymouth shooting

The Home Office has introduced new statutory guidance to tighten up existing laws on gun ownership that sets out a framework for police to follow when considering applications.



Met Police changes how lone officers verify identities to women

The Met is changing how lone officers in plain clothes will verify their identity and purpose to lone women following the murder of Sarah Everard by former Met officer Wayne Couzens.



Border Force intercepted yacht skipper who attempted to smuggle people into UK

A man has been jailed for trying to smuggle nine people into the UK following an interception by Border Force.




City of London Police and CPS net largest ever UK proceeds of crime forfeiture

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), City of London Police and the private sector have worked together, using specialist powers, to achieve the largest ever proceeds of crime forfeiture in the UK.



Four men jailed for conspiracy to import handguns from USA into the UK

Four men have been jailed for a total of more than 51 years today for their involvement in the illegal importation of firearms from the USA into the UK, with sentences ranging from 10-and-a-half years to over 17 years.



Proposal published to create new Road Collision Investigation Branch to review road collision investigations

A new investigation branch dedicated to learning lessons from road traffic collisions, including those involving self-driving vehicles, could be established under plans being unveiled by the government today.


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Cryptocurrency fraud leads to millions in losses so far this year

Action Fraud is warning the public to remain vigilant when making investments, as criminals cheat hundreds of millions of pounds out of victims through cryptocurrency fraud.



Modern slavery legislation used to target drug traffickers during National County Lines Intensification Week

UK forces and the National Crime Agency galvanised their efforts to take part in a national county lines intensification week in October.

The week targeted drug traffickers who recruit children and vulnerable adults to supply drugs across the country. Their tactics included increasing the use of modern slavery legislation to charge line holders, not only for drug supply but also human trafficking offences.


International operation targets dark web drugs marketplace

Twenty-four people have been arrested in the UK in one of the largest ever international operations targeting a criminal dark web marketplace.

Operational activity over the last six months – coordinated by the National Crime Agency in collaboration with UK policing partners – also resulted in the seizure of over £220,000 in suspected criminal cash and bitcoin, and more than 50 kilos of cocaine, MDMA, cannabis, methamphetamine and ketamine.


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Welcome to our November 2021 Newsletter

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

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