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How to Investigate Serious and Organised Crime: best practice, tactics, and techniques - CPD workshop series

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Our first ever exclusive series of four workshops that provides best practice on how to investigate serious and organised crime offences


Led by Paul Williamson who is considered one of the UK’s leading experts in the Investigation of Serious and Organised Crime


Four-part series looks at:

  • Key stages of an investigation

  • Planning an effective investigation

  • Investigation strategies

  • Disruption tactics


The Investigator is hosting a brand-new exclusive series that provides operational best practice and contemporary thinking around the investigation of serious and organised crime with a particular focus on providing step-by-step guidance to help inform your work on the frontline.

Encourage, inspire and support investigators

Aimed at all investigators who work in a serious and organised crime role, our series of four exclusive workshops will encourage, support and inspire investigators to be more agile and proactive in their investigations and to enhance and develop their critical thinking skills.

We’ll explore the key facets to an investigation, look at the importance of developing an investigative mindset and look at how effective decision making underpins a successful investigation.

Planning effective investigations

We’ll also provide operational best practice around planning an effective investigation as well as the different investigation strategies and disruption tactics available to you as the investigator.

Introducing our expert Paul Williamson

We’re proud to announce that the four events will be led by Paul Williamson – one of the UK’s most successful senior leaders in serious and organised crime. He was a PIP 4 Gold Commander supporting Senior Investigating Officers running the most complex and demanding investigations in recent years.

Until last year, Paul was Regional Head of Investigations at the National Crime Agency for Midlands, Wales and West and the UK Silver commander for Operation Venetic – one of the most successful and high profile multi agency operations that has ever been carried out in the UK.

It involved the dismantling of the secure Encrochat network that was used by international organised crime gangs to deal in drugs.

Prior to this, Paul was a Det Supt at West Mercia Police and an officer in West Midlands Police for over two decades working on some of the most high-profile investigations.

Since his retirement last year, Paul now works as a Senior lecturer at the University of West of England where he is teaching and nurturing the next generation of police investigators. He is a passionate advocate about the importance of investigators being supported and having the required skills and training to enable them to conduct effective investigations and fulfil their potentials and hope the workshops will provide the necessary support and guidance.


Our four-workshop series – topics and dates for your diary

July 6: Key stages of an investigation

An outline of each stage of an investigation and of the key considerations for the investigator. The importance of establishing the remit of the investigation from the outset and of taking a proactive intelligence-led approach. Advice on developing and honing your critical thinking skills and why developing an investigative mindset is the cornerstone to an effective investigation. The importance of evidence-based effective decision making and an outline of the factors that support effective decision making.

July 7: Planning an effective investigation

Advice on how to plan an effective investigation including a focus on tasking and co-ordination as well as planning and prioritising. A look at the importance of intelligence and analysis in building up a picture of the crime type and of the organised crime gangs behind the crime. The link between the local and (international) intelligence picture. A look at how other agencies might have valuable intelligence that could enhance your investigation.

September 21: Investigation strategies

Adopting an investigative mindset, evaluating, developing and testing case theory helps investigators to better understand the material that has been gathered and influence the development of investigative strategy. This workshop will provide an exploration of the strategies that are available and challenges for the modern day Serious Organised Crime investigator, including:

  • Proactive / Reactive Strategies

  • Safeguarding

  • Intelligence / Data

  • Covert Surveillance

  • Technical Operations

  • Undercover operations

  • Financial

  • Covert Human Intelligence Source

  • Threats to Life

  • Specialist capabilities

  • International

  • Case Management and Disclosure


September 22: Disruption tactics for serious and organised criminals

Set in the context of increasing volume and complexity and the need for better collaboration, Disruption tactics have become an essential tool in the armoury for investigators. This workshop aimed at identifying the vast array of capabilities, key legislation and specialist knowledge which can be used to exploit weaknesses in criminal systems, ensure Lifetime Management of Offenders and to develop innovative solutions to existing and emerging problems. This will be as applicable to projects against threats and vulnerabilities as it is to operations against individuals and groups.


This workshop will include:

  • A short history of ‘Pulling Levers’ disruption methodology

  • A selection of disruption and prevention capabilities

  • Information and Intelligence capabilities that can help

  • What Specialist Teams are accessible to provide advice in support of investigators

  • Assessing outcomes

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Cost: Single workshop: £189.99 + VAT (GBP) per delegate

All four workshops: £610.00 + VAT (GBP) per delegate 

Any three workshops: £495.00 + VAT (GBP) per delegate 

Any two workshops: £360.00 + 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. This is open to LEA, Government and public sector security contractors only.


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.

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