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Devising and implementing an effective DIGITAL STRATEGY - CPD event 3 March 2022


  • A practical guide for frontline investigators working in a digital role on how to devise and implement an effective digital strategy in a major investigation.

  • The day is also suitable for operational investigators who want to develop and enhance their knowledge of the role of digital intelligence and where this fits within their wider investigative strategy

  • We’ll provide you with a sample template of a digital strategy and practical advice on how to use the template to build and implement your strategy.

  • Event with be led by Independent Digital Expert Phil Tomlinson, who recently retired as Head of Digital Intelligence at the Metropolitan Police

  • Held online via Teams

  • Certificates of CPD are available for this event

  • Booking is open now!


The Investigator is hosting this exclusive one day CPD event that is led by Independent Digital

Expert Phil Tomlinson, who recently retired as Head of Digital Intelligence Services at the

Metropolitan Police.

Phil performed a variety of roles over his 30 years, which has given him a unique insight into the

use of digital strategies - and utilising data during complex criminal and terrorist investigations.

As well as being a Counter Terrorism SIO within the Counter Terrorism Command (SO15) – Phil

was the Programme Director and later Head of the National Digital Exploitation Service for

Counter Terrorism Policing. In this role he had overall responsibility for the delivery of digital

capabilities to support over 500 Terrorist Investigations in London and elsewhere.

Phil has presented internationally to law enforcement on the use of digital strategies and managed

the deployment of ground-breaking digital techniques that led to the UK’s first conviction of a UK

Foreign Fighter in Syria. Phil also provided expert evidence to the House of Lords Select

Committee on Internet Regulation.

Most recently Phil has worked on the transformation of digital services within the MPS and has introduced new systems, processes and software capabilities to tackle Serious and Organised Crime. He leaves after 30-years as the Head of Digital Intelligences Services for the MPS


The day will cover:

  • What role does digital intelligence play in today’s investigations? What can it bring to an investigation and how can it strengthen a prosecution? What are the main sources of digital intelligence and how can you maximise their evidential potential in an investigation?


  • What is a digital strategy and what is its role in the overall investigation strategy?


  • How do you devise a digital strategy and ensure it reflects the needs of an investigation?


  • How do you successfully implement your digital strategy and ensure that it remains a live document that changes and evolves to reflect the needs of the investigation


  • We’ll share a sample template and provide a practical step by step approach of how to use the template to build your strategy.


  • We’ll also provide practical advice on how to engage with SIOs and other members of the investigation in order to ensure the investigation maximises the wealth of digital intelligence opportunities that are now available and how to legally and ethically obtain that data.


Cost: £199.99 + 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.


Phil Tomlinson

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