College releases video to assist forces with the disclosure of evidence

Online video and materials released to support officers and staff

​Officers and police staff can now view a video to update themselves on the latest legislation around disclosing relevant unused material collected during criminal investigations.

The video, on the Managed Learning Environment, acts as a refresher course for serving officers and training for new recruits.

It will explain what should be done with unused materials under the Criminal Procedure and Investigations Act.

It includes an animated video to give a practical example about what disclosure is and at which stage in a criminal investigation it should start to be considered.

The video details the roles and responsibilities involved in a criminal investigation and also outlines the different types of unused material, the procedure for its disclosure and the forms used in the disclosure process.

Libby Potten, the Policing Standards Manager at the College, said: "It is important that all officers and staff feel confident and informed about disclosure both before and during an investigation.

"The need to reveal all relevant information to the Crown Prosecution Service is vital to ensure suspects get a fair trial and to prevent miscarriages of justice so we produced this training package to provide a simple summary to assist our members.

"Forces are committed to openness and transparency throughout the criminal justice process and this training will help ensure they continue to adopt a consistent approach around disclosing unused materials."

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