Investigating Serious and Organised crime online CPD workshop series

The Investigator ( is bringing together experts from across the world to take part in four online workshops that look at current challenges and best practice around the investigation of serious and organised crime. They will feature operational experts from law enforcement, academia and industry who will debate latest challenges and best practice around this challenging and fast-paced area of criminal investigation.

Networking, debate and best practice-sharing

Run online via MS Team, our workshops will provide a forum for networking, debate and best practice sharing with the aim of supporting investigators and helping to enhance and improve their investigation skills.

The Coronavirus pandemic has left an indelible mark on the SOC landscape and has led to an increase in opportunist, highly organised and ruthless organised crime gangs who use violence and threats to exploit the vulnerable and prey on their weaknesses in order to benefit financially. With the help of our expert speakers and delegates we will be assessing the impact the pandemic has had on crimes such as human trafficking and modern slavery, online child sexual abuse, cyber crime, fraud and county lines.

We’ll also share the good work that has been continuing throughout the pandemic to try and thwart the efforts of organised crime gangs. We’ll also be looking at the structure and make up of organised crime gangs and sharing innovation in investigation, disruption and prevention best practice.

Here are details of our four exclusive workshops that can be booked individually or as a course of four. Certificates of Continuous Professional Development (CPD) are awarded to delegates who attend this series (speakers to be announced shortly).

Workshop dates and topics

5 November Session One: introduction to current threat picture and OCGs behind the crimes

9am-9.10am: Welcome and introduction, Carol Jenkins, The Investigator

9.10am-9.50am: Organised Crime and Drugs: How drugs are at the centre of organised criminality and how the NCA is investigating, detecting and disrupting drug trafficking, Lawrence Gibbons MBE, Drug Threat lead, Threat Lead Directorate, National Crime Agency, Lawrence Gibbons MBE, Drug Threat lead, Threat Lead Directorate, National Crime Agency

9.50am-10.30am: Organised Crime and Serious Violence: How organised crime groups are employing violence in pursuit of criminal activity, Jari Liukku, Head of European Serious Organised Crime Centre, Europol

10.30am-11am: BREAK

11am-11.40am: Tackling Organised Exploitation (TOEX) Programme: an innovative national project to tackle organised exploitation including human trafficking, modern slavery, county lines, child sexual exploitation and child sexual abuse, DI David Rawlings, Tackling Organised Crime Exploitation Programme

11.40am-12.30pm: OCGs and Technology: Operation Prepper - how an international drug smuggling operation was dismantled by infiltrating the encrypted encrochat network that was being used by the gang to communicate and run their illegal activity, Hannah Wilkinson, Head of ROCU Operations, Eastern Region Special Operations Units (ERSOU)

12.30pm-12.50pm: BREAK

12.50pm-1.30pm; County Lines and criminality exploitation: current challenges, threats and best practice, DI Mark Catney, Regional County Lines Co-ordination, Yorkshire and Humber Regional Organised Crime Unit (YHROCU)

1.30pm-2.10pm: The current scale and nature of the serious and organised crime threat in the UK and internationally, Keith Ditcham, Senior Research Fellow, Organised Crime and Policing, Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies (RUSI)

2.10pm-2.50pm: Mapping Italian mafias in Europe and the UK ~ structures and activities, Dr Anna Sergi, Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Criminology, University of Essex

2.50pm-3pm: Final remarks

3pm: Workshop finishes

Future workshop dates and topics – speakers to be released shortly

3 December: Session Two: Investigation, Detection, Disruption and Prevention: exploring the menu of tactics open to investigators to disrupt organised criminality and how investigators are identifying and working with vulnerable communities to prevent them from being targeted by OCGs

14 January: Session Three: Conducting international investigations: key legislation and guidance to underpin effective international investigations, exploring the link between local and international organised criminality; the impact of Brexit on international investigations.


Single workshop: £189  + VAT (GBP) per delegate

If you book all three as an individual delegate it costs £495 (£165 per workshop) + VAT
Booking: Please send the delegates name(s), email address(es) and purchase order (made out to The Investigator) to or telephone +44(0)844 660 8707 for further information. 


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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