Investigating Serious and Organised crime online CPD workshop series

The Investigator ( is bringing together experts from across the world to take part in four online workshops that look at current challenges and best practice around the investigation of serious and organised crime. They will feature operational experts from law enforcement, academia and industry who will debate latest challenges and best practice around this challenging and fast-paced area of criminal investigation.

Networking, debate and best practice-sharing

Run online via MS Team, our workshops will provide a forum for networking, debate and best practice sharing with the aim of supporting investigators and helping to enhance and improve their investigation skills.

The Coronavirus pandemic has left an indelible mark on the SOC landscape and has led to an increase in opportunist, highly organised and ruthless organised crime gangs who use violence and threats to exploit the vulnerable and prey on their weaknesses in order to benefit financially. With the help of our expert speakers and delegates we will be assessing the impact the pandemic has had on crimes such as human trafficking and modern slavery, online child sexual abuse, cyber crime, fraud and county lines.

We’ll also share the good work that has been continuing throughout the pandemic to try and thwart the efforts of organised crime gangs. We’ll also be looking at the structure and make up of organised crime gangs and sharing innovation in investigation, disruption and prevention best practice.

Here are details of our three exclusive workshops that can be booked individually or as a course of four. Certificates of Continuous Professional Development (CPD) are awarded to delegates who attend this series (speakers to be announced shortly).

Workshop dates and topics

5 November Session One: introduction to current threat picture and OCGs behind the crimes

3 December: Session Two – Investigation, Detection, Disruption and Prevention
This session will provide best practice around conducting proactive investigations, mapping the nature and scale of the threat, how multi-agency working and data sharing with local, national and international partners can underpin effective investigations. We’ll also exploring the menu of tactics open to investigators to disrupt organised criminality and how investigators are identifying and working with vulnerable communities to prevent them from being targeted by OCGs



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

9.10am-10am: Conducting proactive investigations; using the menu of tactics open to investigators. Paul Williamson, former Regional Head of Investigations, Midlands, Wales and West, National Crime Agency and now Senior Lecturer, University of the West of England. Paul Williamson

10am-10.40am: Disrupting and dismantling an organised crime gang (OCG) challenges, pitfalls, opportunities and best practice Gary Tomlinson, SIO Registrar, College of Policing

10.40am-11.10am: BREAK

11.10am-noon: Operation Stronghold: tackling organised crime and exploitation in partnership with other agencies in the Thames Valley, DCI Steve Jones, Deputy Commander, Specialist Operations and DCI James Senior, Oxford Local Police Area, Thames Valley Police  

Noon-12.50pm: The role of Proceeds of Crime Legislation and Asset Recovery in preventing further organised criminality, Nicholas Coates, Unit Head, Pre- Enforcement South, Proceeds of Crime, Crown Prosecution Service

12.50 -1.10pm: BREAK

1.10pm-2pm: Operation Aidant: how the National Crime Agency is leading a multi-agency initiative to take a proactive approach to Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery offences in the UK by mapping the current threat and conducting proactive investigations, Rob Richardson, Head of the Modern Slavery Human Trafficking Unit, National Crime Agency

2.30pm-3.30pm: Conducting an international human trafficking investigation with key partners, Ilya Faynshteyn, Special Agent, US Department of Homeland Security

3.30pm: Workshop finishes


14 January - Session Three - Conducting International Investigations in a post-Brexit world
Our third sessions looks at key legislation and guidance to underpin effective international investigations, exploring the link between local and international organised criminality and the impact of Brexit on international investigations.

We’ll offer practical advice about how investigations can engage proactively and effectively with international organisations including Europol and Interpol and the support that is available for investigators through the International Crime Co-ordination Centre.

Speakers and topics

The importance of multi-lateral international partnerships with Interpol, Europol, UN, EU and the African Union, Paul Stanfield, Senior Manager, International Delivery, National Crime Agency

How to conduct international investigations effectively post-Brexit, Chris Lyons, NPCC International Crime Coordination Centre


Current research that is examining how seaports facilitate international organised crime and how to combat the growing problem,

Dr Anna Sergi, Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Criminology, University of Essex


International co-operation post-Brexit: challenges, opportunities and a look at the way forward, Keith Ditcham, Senior Research Fellow, Organised Crime and Policing, Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies


Further speakers to be announced


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

If you book the last two as an individual delegate it costs £330 (£165 per workshop) + VAT
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.


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