Investigating County

Lines Criminality

CPD online Conference

14 - 15 October 2020

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The Investigator is hosted a conference to provide best practice and operational advice around the growing scourge of county lines criminality. You can now watch the full two days and download some of the presentations.

The recordings are the full unedited version and cannot be shared outside of your organistation, also the presentations should not be shared outside of your organisation unless permission is granted from The Investigator.

Agenda (timings and speakers were subject to change)

Day One

9.30am-9.40am: Welcome and introduction, Carol Jenkins, The Investigator

Session One: The national landscape, best practice, operational challenges

9.40am-10.50am: National update, current best practice and operational challenges, Tim Champion, Silver lead, National County Lines Co-ordination Centre

10.50am-11.40am: Results of the ‘County Lines – a national summary and emerging best practice research,’ Simon Ford Programme Director of the Home Office Violence and Vulnerability Unit

11.40am-12.20pm: Transforming county lines investigations through analysis and data sharing, Richard Helson, Chorus

12.20pm-12.50pm: Lunch break, engage with Chorus in virtual exhibition room

Session Two: Victim or offender? The complex nature of county lines investigations

12.50pm-1.40pm: Operational challenges resulting from the victim/offender conundrum, Det Supt Richard Agar, West Midlands Police

1.40pm-2.10pm: safeguarding issues for adults and young people, best practice in the South West, Tilia Lenz, lecturer practitioner consultant, Pan-Dorset and Wiltshire Social Work Teaching Partnership

2pm-2.15pm: Break

Session Three: Missing or on the move? Keeping track of young people and vulnerable adults

2.15pm-3.05pm: Identifying vulnerable young people who are travelling on the rail networks, DCI Brett Walker, British Transport Police

3.05pm-3.45pm: Using open source techniques to identify missing people engaged in county lines criminality: Neil Smith and David Grimstead, Locate International

4pm: Day one finishes

Day Two

9.50am-10am: Welcome and introduction, Carol Jenkins, The Investigator

Session One: Latest research to inform and operational activity

10am-10.50am: Exclusive! Results of second strategic assessment into county lines in London, Rescue and Response project, Megan Hatton, Operational Manager for the project. Brent Council.

10.55am-11.45am: County lines and the transformation of middle drug markets within a local organised crime context, Dr Paul Andell, Senior Lecturer in Criminology, University of Suffolk

11.50am-12.20pm: Break

Session Two: Innovative multi-agency working

12.20pm-12.50pm: The National County Lines Co-ordination Centre approach to county lines in partnerships with Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service A/DI Kelly Gray, regional co-ordinator for Eastern Region Organised Crime Unit (ERSOU)

1pm-1.50pm: multi-agency efforts project to prevent cuckooing in vulnerable communities using a raft of measures including Partial Closure Orders and an innovative approach to assessing vulnerable young people, Inspector James Humphries and Owen Miller, Problem Solving Analyst, Oxford Problem Solving Team, Thames Valley Police

Session Three: Operational best practice from the frontline

2pm-2.50pm: A local, regional and national four-point plan to tackling County Lines in Merseyside, Det Supt, Andrew O’Connor, Preventative Policing, Merseyside Police

3pm: finishes 







Supt Rich Agar, WMP  - Click HERE

Tilia Lenz, Bournemouth University  - Click HERE

Megan Hatton, Operational Manager, Brent Council - Click HERE

Dr Paul Andell, University of  Suffolk - Click HERE

DS Debbie Hurst, GMP - Click HERE






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County Lines | Day One | Part One

County Lines | Day One | Part Two

County Lines | Day Two | Part One

County Lines | Day Two | Part Two

County Lines | Day Two | Part Three

County Lines | Day Two | Part Four

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