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20 August 2018

Evidence Gathering and Investigation Course

Who should attend?

 This two day course is relevant to any local authority law enforcement officer including those working in:

  • Environmental Health
  • Trading Standards
  • Planning control
  • Licensing
  • Housing
  • Community protection
  • General enforcement

This is a thorough introduction to the subject and so will suit those who are new to the area or are seeking refresher training. 

For further details and to book a place CLICK HERE

About the Programme

The course aims to provide delegates with the skills required to undertake effective criminal investigations. The course will help delegates to:

  • Recognise the Rules of Evidence and where to apply them.
  • Develop interviewing skills.
  • Enhance Statement writing skills.
  • Understand the requirements of RIPA and CPIA.
  • Undertake PACE interviews.
  • Produce prosecution files
  • Present evidence in court

The Programme

The programme has been designed to assist local government officers in the investigation of alleged offences and in the handling and presentation of evidence.

Day 1


Offences and defences.


Outcomes of criminal investigations

            Simple Cautions

            Code for Crown Prosecutions

            Abuse of process

            Burdens of proof



            Rules of Evidence

            Digital image evidence

            Use of notebooks

            Continuity of Evidence


Witness Statements


            Identifying witnesses

            Taking witness statements

            Officer statements



            Covert surveillance

            Covert Human Intelligence Sources

            Approach to surveillance



            Code of Practice

            Prosecution Roles

            Retention and disclosure of evidence


Day 2



            Police and Criminal Evidence Act

  PACE Codes

Interviewing Suspects




Conduct of interview

The Caution

Use of Interpreters


Interviews Continued (Practical Session)


Preparing a Prosecution File


Presenting Evidence in Court


Tutor: Dr Andy Bowles, Solicitor

Andy has many years experience as an investigator working in Environmental Health and as an Expert Witness in criminal trials.

He is author of "A Practical Guide to Criminal Investigations for Local Authority Officers". He holds a PhD in law and is a practising solicitor who conducts evidential reviews and prosecutes on behalf of local authority clients. 

The Cost of £350 + vat (£420 inc vat) includes:

  • Lunch and refreshments
  • Comprehensive training materials
  • CPD Certificate

 For further details and to book a place CLICK HERE

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