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Drafting an application or authorisation under RIPA – a step by step guide – 28 September 2022

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  • Step by step guide that covers all the aspects required for drafting an application or authorisation under RIPA

  • We’ll take you through a sample form and provide practical, operational guidance that will inform your investigations

  • Held online via Teams

  • Certificates of CPD available


This one-day CPD workshop follows on from our Covert Tradecraft event which we hosted earlier in the year. It builds on the learning from that day and focusses solely on best practice around drafting an application or authorisation under RIPA.

It is aimed at anyone that may be required to submit an application for directed surveillance. The focus of the event will be on how to complete the application in accordance with the legislation, guidance and good practice to maximise the chances of the application being successfully authorised.

This event will look at requirements of the application from a practical perspective to identify some golden rules, common pitfalls, and some top tips to aid the completion.

It is aimed at operational investigators who work in major crime or in a specialist covert role. It provides valuable operational best practice for new to role investigators and also for more established investigators who want to refresh their knowledge and keep up to date with current developments.

It will be led by expert trainer and Adrian Ramdat, a former investigator who spent over 26 years working operationally at a local, regional, national and international level in various covert roles including as a covert operative, manager and head of a Covert Management Operations Unit.  He was also previously seconded to the National Policing Improvement Agency where he held the portfolio for Covert Law Enforcement.

The day will include:

Session One; An initial overview of the application for directed surveillance and the role of the applicant.

This session will initially examine the role of the applicant to ensure that the application is completed by the most appropriate person. The session will also look at the various activities that meet the requirement for an application, with an opportunity for participants to discuss practical scenarios to ensure they have the required knowledge to make these judgements back in the workplace. (45 mins)


Session Two: Completing the Application.

This session will then give an overview of the application form to identify the different areas that need to be addressed when constructing an application. This session will examine how the applicant should construct the application form to ensure that it is correctly completed to comply with the legislation. There will be a series of Do’s & Don’ts and some of the ‘golden rules’ to maximise the chances of success.

Session Three: Addressing the Key Terms and Legal Tests

This session looks at how the key terms of necessity, proportionality and collateral intrusion should be completed to ensure legal compliance. This session will also address the 3 legal tests required to be demonstrated by the applicant and where these should be included in the application, especially if the form does not provide a specific prompt to do so. The session will also give practical advice on undertaking the required actions to ensure that the applicant is as repaired as possible when ‘putting pen to paper’.

Session Four: Post Authorisation Responsibilities.

The applicants’ responsibilities continue once the application has been authorised and this session looks at the requirements that are placed upon them, once the application has been granted. It will examine the timescales and requirements for reviews, renewals and cancellations, what should be included in these forms plus the latest product management safeguards to ensure the ‘product’ obtained can be successfully used as evidence.

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.


Cost: £194.99 + VAT (GBP) per delegate (LEA and Government agencies only). 

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.