Week 2 - ACFIP

Day 1

  • Reporting revision: note taking and notebooks
  • Authorised officer powers and cybercrime – identifying bodies that have powers to collect data and how it supports investigations, how cybercrime is committed and how it can be investigated
  • Communication of findings; case management – including how investigations can be broadened and the implications of the Criminal Procedure Rules


Day 2

  • Witness statements – including protocols for completing form MG11, use of Criminal Justice Act procedures and visual identification – ADVOKATE model
  • Arrest and police procedures– application of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act – information only
  • Introduction to evidence gathering – types of evidence, how evidence is secured and presented, admissibility, rules of evidence, continuity, forensic considerations, confessions and exhibits


Day 3

  • Searching premises – application of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act
  • Photographic and digital evidence – including applying the 4 key principles of digital evidence, forensic examination of digital evidence and handling/packaging digital evidence
  • Disclosure- Criminal Procedures Investigation Act, Crown Prosecution Service and Attorney General’s guidelines, responsibilities and disclosure roles, used/unused material and overriding responsibility to provide a fair trial
  • Working with partners and stakeholders – benefits of collaborative working for investigators


Day 4

  • Legislation and intelligence gathering – open source intelligence (OSINT), application of Locard’s principle, Investigatory Powers Act, digital footprints, Computer Misuse Act
  • Surveillance - Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act, surveillance definitions, authorising surveillance, safeguards to protect privacy, limitations, and risk assessment


Day 5

  • Covert Human Intelligence Sources (CHIS) – Definition of a CHIS, identifying circumstances where a person may become a CHIS and the general prohibition of using them
  • Appropriate conduct for investigators – establishing codes for conduct and good practice for investigators
  • Disciplinary and management investigations – Differences between disciplinary and criminal investigations, the investigators role in a disciplinary investigation, ACAS guidelines and the 6 step plan

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