Conference News – new for 2021
The Investigator has launched a number of online conferences and workshops for 2021. Booking is open now.
UK Anti-Slavery Commissioner Dame Sara Thornton and Chief Constable Simon Bailey, national lead for the NCA/NPCC Tackling Organised Exploitation (TOEX) project to directly address investigators at our exclusive online event.
Leading Barrister Ben-Douglas Jones, QC, who represents Shamima Begun, the so-called ISIS bride and Ilana de Wild, Director of Organised and Emerging Crime for Interpol will also provide exclusive operational updates.
A prestigious line-up of practitioners will provide best practice around the prevention, detection, investigation and prosecution of human trafficking and modern slavery offences and the identification of victims.
The headline sponsor for the event is JTOL, partnering with the TellFinder Alliance, a global network of law enforcement, technology, research, and non-profit partners advancing technology to combat human trafficking.
The Investigator is hosting a two-day virtual conference to provide current best practice and latest thinking around the prevention, detection and investigation of online Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation Offences.
Aimed at operational investigators working in this extremely challenging but important area, the conference features an expert line-up of speakers who will share their knowledge and experience.
Our event will also provide a vital forum for networking and debate as well as acknowledge the status and professionalism of investigators working in CSA/E roles and the contribution they make to protecting vulnerable victims and bringing perpetrators to justice.
The Investigator is hosting an exclusive workshop with global cyber security experts NTT to provide practical strategies, best practice, and latest thinking around the investigation of a cyber crime incident.
It is aimed at investigating officers and technical analysts (intelligence, researchers and forensics) working on the frontline in Cyber Crime departments in Police forces, Regional Organised Crime Units, Law Enforcement and other Government Agencies.
Maximising your understanding of the role of digital intelligence in an investigation and identifying and exploiting opportunities in a legal and ethical manner
A two day-course aimed at providing investigators, analysts, and other operational staff with an understanding of the pivotal role digital intelligence plays in an investigation and how to identify, exploit and maximise opportunities in a legal and ethical manner.
This course is aimed at operational investigators and analysts with no previous digital training as well as digital media investigators and other investigators working in a digital role who want to keep up to date with current developments and develop existing skills.
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.
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.
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.
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 February 2021 Newsletter
Our newsletter aims to keep you updated with latest developments in the world of criminal investigation.