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Digital Investigation CPD virtual Learning event

7 - 8 July 2021

Maximising your understanding of the role of digital intelligence in an investigation and identifying and exploiting opportunities in a legal and ethical manner


  • A two day-course aimed at providing investigators, analysts, and other operational staff with an understanding of the pivotal role digital intelligence plays in an investigation and how to identify, exploit and maximise opportunities in a legal and ethical manner.


  • This course is aimed at operational investigators and analysts with no previous digital training as well as digital media investigators and other investigators working in a digital role who want to keep up to date with current developments and develop existing skills.


  • It will be led by a team of expert practitioners who will not only provide you with their trusted advice, but they will also provide pointers for more in-depth reading and training if required.


  • It will be led and fully managed by The Investigator. We are committed to supporting the ongoing professional development of investigators of all ranks and roles. We have staged numerous successful digital investigation events featuring leading experts that have been well-received by thousands of investigators of all ranks and roles in the UK as well as internationally. Our network of contacts and our knowledge of the digital investigation process enables us to draw together the best and most relevant experts.


  • Certificates of CPD are available for this course

Develop and enhance your digital investigation skills with our new course

Digital intelligence is now the backbone of most major crime investigations and it has brought about a significant culture change in the way these crimes are now investigated.

Due to the importance digital intelligence now places in an investigation, it is vital that all staff, not just digital specialists, have a good working knowledge and understanding of the current opportunities and how they can be exploited efficiently and effectively.

It is also essential for staff working in an operational environment to know how to quickly identify experts in digital and cyber that they can approach to provide more specialist input should they need it.

The Investigator has brought together a line-up of experts who will deliver a series of practically based 50-minute sessions, over the two days that will help develop your understanding of the digital intelligence process.

There are ten sessions over the two days, each one delivered by an expert. The course is fully run and managed by The Investigator.



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

9.40am-10.50am: Session Seven: The Digital Crime Scene. A look at initial considerations at the crime scene and evidential opportunities.  Basic Triage. Digital hygiene. Correct protocol around protecting evidence from a seized device, dealing with PIN numbers and passcodes. Wi-Fi and router exploitation. MAC addresses. Evidential opportunities around public and private Wi-Fi data. Cloud data, Dr Graeme Horsman, Senior Lecturer, Teesside University

10.40am-10.55am: Break

10.55am-12.30pm: Session Eight: Vehicle Systems Forensic data. Maximising the evidential potential of vehicle data and the importance of infotainment system data. Importance of co-ordinating vehicle data with other digital data to build up a rich intelligence picture. Key aspects of vehicle networks. Basic outline of Berla and its role in capturing vehicle data, Noel Lowdon, vehicle systems forensics expert witness, investigator and trainer, Harper Shaw Associates

12.30pm-12.45pm: Break

12.45pm-2.30pm: Session Nine: Open Source Intelligence - Practical Tips for Investigators, a look at internet search techniques that can be utilised to enhance search results across social media and websites, Google Dorking, Image analysis, Reverse Image Search, tips for tracing property on online marketplaces, and operational security considerations.

2.30pm-3.10pm: Session Ten: Ongoing learning and remaining current: Operation Modify – enhancing the digital investigation skills of frontline officers through on-going online learning, Phil Tebbs, Digital Intelligence and Investigations Team, College of Policing.

3.10pm: Day finishes.



9.10am-9.20am: Welcome and introduction, Carol Jenkins, The Investigator

9.20am-10.20am: Session One: The value of digital investigation and data analytics within operational policing; an overview of best practice around data collection, storage, and future work around analytics, Det Supt Phil Tomlinson, Head of Digital Intelligence and Investigation, Met Police

10.20am-10.40am: Break

10.40am-11.20am: Session Two: The challenges and benefits of multi-source analytics, an overview of the Data Environment Solution (DES), Alys Uprichard, Head of Digital Operations, Met Police

11.20am-noon: The challenges and potential benefits of using Artificial Intelligence (AI) in an investigation and how to increase the potential value of AI, Det Supt Phil Tomlinson, Head of Digital Intelligence and Investigation, Met Police

Noon-12.20pm: Break

12.20pm-1.10pm: Session Three: Mobile Device Techniques. Identifying IMEI numbers, IP addresses, how to detect call and text spoofing. Building a mobile activity device profile, Richard Hale, Lecturer in Digital Forensics, Birmingham City University

1.10pm-2.10pm: Session Four: Mobile Device Evidential opportunities. Identifying opportunities from Apps, browsing history. Recovery of deleted data. Challenges such as encryption and call-spoofing, Richard Hale, Lecturer in Digital Forensics, Birmingham City University

2.10pm-2.30pm: Break

2.30pm-3.30pm: Session Five: Connected devices. Evidential opportunities, Richard Hale, Lecturer in Digital Forensics, Birmingham City University

3.30pm-4.30pm: Session Six: Introduction to Cell Site Analysis. How to interpret call records/billing data. Benefits of RF surveys and APPR, Terry Hays, Radio Frequency Propagation Survey Technician, Investigations and Intelligence Command, Nottinghamshire Police

4.30pm: Day one finishes.


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Below is the agenda from March 2021

The July agenda maybe subject to change


Cost: £299.99 + VAT (GBP) per delegate (LEA, Government and Academia rate). Industry rate: £449.99 + VAT (GBP)

Booking: Please send the delegates name(s), email address(es) and purchase order to info@the-investigator.co.uk or telephone +44(0)844 660 8707 for further information.  If you require 5 or more delegates from the same organisation please contact us for a group discount quote. Industry delegates will be assessed on a case by case basis due to the nature of the content. Under no circumstances will a delegate be able to register

using a free webmail address (ie: Gmail, Yahoo, Outlook, Hotmail, AOL etc).

Payment can be made by PayPal/debit/credit card (corporate card fees apply + 3%). 

The meeting link will be sent out 2 days before the event.

Important disclaimer

Please note, we respectfully ask that only delegates who have paid for a place are permitted to attend our virtual conference. If you would like to attend as a group of more than 5 delegates from the same force/organisation then please contact us for group rates (group discounts do not apply before 15th January 2021).

Please refer to the College of Policing Code of Ethics 2014 for guidance. Please see page 11 section 7, which states: ‘I will treat information with respect, and access or disclose it only in the proper course of my duties’

Joining the event: All delegates are required to login with the name that is assigned to their email address, anyone that logs in as a guest, anonymous or a name not on the registration list will be removed from the conference. LEA/Government delegates can supply an alternative email address after their work email address has been verified if they are working from home and using their own electronic devices.