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• A brand-new series of online CPD workshops aimed at aspiring, new to role, and established Senior Investigating Officers (SIOs) that cover contemporary issues around the management of major crime investigation.

• This is an exclusive series that has been newly launched by The Investigator with the aim of supporting the SIO community and celebrating the pivotal role they play in the investigation of major crime and in providing justice for victims.

Our six events for 2021 all run on Microsoft Teams

  • June 8: Investigative Decision Making and the role of the SIO.

  • July 6: Public Inquiries and Article 2 Inquests

  • September 28: Covert strategies and key considerations to support an investigation

  • October 12: Stranger Rape and Serious Sexual Assault: challenges and opportunities

  • December 1: Murdered or Missing? Challenges when investigating a missing person that may lead to a murder investigation

  • December 2: Managing Social Media when an investigation or incident goes viral.


Supporting, Informing, and inspiring the next generation of senior leaders

The Investigator is launching six new innovative workshops aimed at supporting, informing. and inspiring the next generation of senior leaders and are a must-attend for aspiring, new to role and current Senior Investigating Officer working in a major crime role.

Our events feature an impressive line of up speakers who are current and former SIOs who have successfully led high-profile investigations, experts from the legal profession, academia, and industry.

Exclusive insight

Between them, they have years of experience in major crime management and will provide an exclusive insight into the tactical and strategic options available to SIOs when leading investigations.

National SIO Registrar Gary Tomlinson will be taking part in the events to provide sound guidance on the importance of the SIO register and remaining current with your continuous professional development.

We hope the workshops will provide a valuable forum for networking and debate and for engaging with peers, whilst also helping support SIOs to develop and enhance their management skills and abilities in this challenging but rewarding role.

December 1 - Murdered or Missing: Challenges when investigating a missing person that may lead to a murder investigation


9am-9.10am: Welcome and introduction, Carol Jenkins, The Investigator

9.10am-9.40am: Introduction and national update, Gary Tomlinson, SIO Registrar, College of Policing

9.40am-10.30am: Operation Saxonstreet, the recent high profile double murders of Nicole Smallman and Bibaa and the challenges that arose from the investigation and other issues associated with the investigation that created negative media headlines, former DCI Simon Harding, Met Police Homicide Command, National SIO of the Year 2020 and star of Channel 4’s show Murder Island

10.30am-10.50am: Break

10.50am-11.30am: Missing, murdered, and other harms - what the research tells us. Dr Cheryl Allsop Course Leader and Senior Lecturer BSc Criminology and Criminal Justice at University of South Wales

11.40am-12.30pm: Operation Rouf, the Murder of William Taylor by his wife and her lover; his body was found in a river near Hitchin, Hertfordshire, eight months after he was reported missing, DCI Carl Foster, Crime Operations, Joint Protective Services for Bedfordshire Police, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Constabularies

12.30am-1pm: Workshop sponsor: Managing evidence and investigative workflows with NIMBUS, Nikki Moscrop, Head of Law Enforcement and Government Division, Black Rainbow

1pm-1.20pm: Break

1.20pm-2.10pm: Dr Karen Shalev Greene, Director of the Centre for the Study of Missing People and reader in Criminology, University of Portsmouth: common stereotypes and myths around missing people that could affect decision making in an investigation

2.10pm-3pm: Dave Grimstead, former SIOs and now director of Locate International, a community interest company dedicated to helping families of unsolved missing persons find their loved ones: The difficulty is often not in dealing with a homicide, but rather in recognising it

3pm-3.50pm: No Body Murders: best practice around investigating and prosecuting cases when the victim is missing Live from the US: The ‘No Body Guy’ aka Thomas 'Tad' Dibiase, former Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Columbia and now leading international consultant in No Body Murders


3.50pm-4pm: final questions and remarks

4pm: Workshop closes

December 2 Managing Social Media: Challenges when details of a major investigation or major incident go viral over social media


9am-9.10am: Welcome and introduction, Carol Jenkins, The Investigator

9.10am-9.40am: Introduction and national update, Gary Tomlinson, SIO Registrar, College of Policing

9.40am-10.30am: How social media proved both advantageous and also problematic during the investigation into the Manchester Arena bombings, Amanda Coleman, former Head of Communications, Greater Manchester Police and now independent Communications Consultant

10.30am-10.50am: Break

10.50am-11.40am: Surviving the ‘perfect storm’ of social media infringement. How the murder of Joy Mason sparked an international storm of unrelated negative comments on social media that threatened to derail the investigation. Best practice around protecting the integrity of an investigation and the organisation when an incident goes viral, Rachel Hyde, Deputy Head of Communications, Hertfordshire Police

11.40am-12.30pm: Key considerations for SIOs and all investigators in the management of social media during a major crime investigation, Peter Lloyd, Senior Intelligence Strategist and Law Enforcement Advisor, online investigations and a former adviser to the National Police Chiefs' Council Lead for Internet Intelligence and Investigations

12.30am-1pm: Workshop sponsors: Managing evidence and investigative workflows with NIMBUS, Nikki Moscrop, Head of Law Enforcement and Government Division, BlackRainbow

1pm-1.20pm: Break

1.20pm-2.20pm: The Use of Digital in Major Investigations: tactics, techniques and challenges; the importance of monitoring social media after an incident using the Dale Cregan trial as an example of the risks and challenges. Neil Greenough, former Senior Digital Media Investigator with Lancashire Police and now digital trainer and social media expert, Vestigo Consulting

2.20pm-3pm: taking a proactive approach to social media and ensuring you maintain control of the agenda, Royston Martis, police journalist, social media consultant and former winner of outstanding contribution to policing award from the Police Federation National Detectives Forum and Natalie Hill, social media and marketing specialist

3pm-3.10pm: Questions and final remarks

3.10pm: Workshop closes

Booking information

You can book a place on all of the events and attend them as part of your on-going CPD. Or you can book on individual workshops.


If you book one event it costs £195 + VAT per delegate

If you book the two remaining workshops as a course of CPD it costs £270 + VAT which is just £135 + VAT per workshop

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.  If you require 5 or more delegates from the same organisation please contact us for a group discount quote.

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

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.

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.

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