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Major Crime Series: Investigative Decision Making for frontline investigators first of three CPD workshops - 2 March 2022

• First of a series of three exclusive CPD workshops that provide best practice around the investigation of major crime


• Our exclusive series is aimed at investigators of all ranks and roles who want to enhance and build on their skills and who want to be kept updated with current developments and latest thinking


• Held online via Teams

• Booking is open for all three workshops. You can book individually or as a package of three events


• Why not watch as a team or department as part of your ongoing Continuous Professional Development?

The Investigator is hosting the first in a three-part series that looks at the vital area of investigative decision making for frontline investigators. Our exclusive workshop will look at the important concept of decision making within the context of an investigation and the factors that affect good and bad decision making including a look at how cognitive bias could adversely influence your judgements of witness, suspects and victims.

With the help of an impressive line-up of experts, we’ll explore the following issues:

• What is meant by the term decision making in the context of an investigation?
• Why is it important? What impact could it have on your work?
• What are the factors that can adversely affect your decision making and how can you address these factors?
• What is meant by the term cognitive bias and how can it prevent you from conducting a robust investigation that withstands challenges in court?
• What practical steps can you take to raise your awareness of your own cognitive bias to ensure it doesn’t adversely affect your decision making?



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


9.20am-10.10am:  Introduction to the concept of investigative decision making, the importance of recording rationale and reviewing decisions, Paul Fullwood, retired ACC, head of Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, and Hertfordshire Protective Services, PIP4 Gold Commander and now major crime advisor and consultant


10.10am-11am: How the murder of Janelle Duncan-Bailey demonstrated the impact of good and bad decision making on an investigation, Simon Harding, National SIO of the Year 2020, recently retired Detective Chief Inspector


11am-11.20am: Break


11.20am-12.10pm: Addressing common reasons for poor decision making and how to make better decisions in high pressure situations. Steve Keogh, trainer and former homicide investigator


12.10pm-12.50pm: Magnet Forensics

12.50pm-1.20pm: Break


1.20pm-2.10pm: Analysing decision logs to Understand Decision Making in Serious Crime Investigations: research findings, Coral Dando, Professor of Forensic Psychology at the University of Westminster


2.10pm-3pm: How cognitive bias could affect your decision making in relation to victims, witnesses and suspects and how to challenge and address this, Professor Jason Roach, Director of the Secure Societies Institute, Professor of Policing and Crime, University of Huddersfield and co-author of the 2019 book Decision Making in Police Inquiries and Critical Incidents.


3pm-3.50pm:  What is cognitive bias and how can it affect your decision making? Practical steps to raise awareness and address your own cognitive bias, Professor Gillian Tully, CBE, former Home Office Forensic Science Regulator


4pm: Workshop closes

Next two events – speakers and topics to be announced shortly.

April 6: Inside the mind of an offender: how insights from a range of discliplines including forensic psychology and behaviour science can provide frontline investigators with an invaluable insight into the mind of offenders. This could prove vital in helping to inform and shape the course of the investigation.


July 5: The talking crime scene: how a crime scene could provide vital clues to the identity of a victim and suspect and help investigators piece together the details of a even the most puzzling and complex crime.


This workshop will include an exclusive presentation from Professor Patricia Wiltshire, a forensic ecologist, botanist and palynologist who has worked on over 300 investigations including the Soham Murders.

Professor David Hawksworth, CBE who is an expert in mycology and lichenology and who has worked on numerous high-profile investigations including the Ipswich Murders.

Dr Jennifer Miller, Associate Professor of Forensic Science at Nottingham Trent University will give two separate presentations looking at how stomach content analysis can help in time of death estimation and also how bioarchaeological techniques can help in the recovery of human remains.

Leading forensic podiatrist Dr Sarah Reel will outline how footwear marks could hold the key to identifying suspects at the crime scene. 



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

Book all three for £425.25 + VAT (GBP) - 25% discount

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.