Communications data investigation

Who should attend

​This course is designed for officers and staff from the law enforcement arena who need to acquire and use communications data in criminal investigations, both historically and during live crime action scenarios


​​To provide core skills in Data Communication Investigation to agreed Industry and ACPO Accreditation Standards


​After attending this course, ​the participant will:

  • understand and be able t​o put into practice Part 1 Chapter 2 RIPA 2000 to facilitate acquisition of CD

  • have knowledge of all ty​​​pes of CD available from postal, communication and internet service providers, including data retention policies

  • have knowledge and be able to use the online data retrieval systems available from the main CSPs

  • be able to advise SIOs and app​​licants of the best use of CD during the course of crime investigations, and have full understanding of the specialists services that are available

  • ensure that protection of cov​ert methodology is maintained, and understand how to deal with this in an evidential arena

  • understand how to trace IP ​addresses and resolve them

  • understand all communic​ations data and how it can assist an investigation.

Entry requirements

​Delegat​es will be or expect to be in a role which requires acquisition of communications data (CD) regulated by Part 1 Chapter 2 of RIPA 2000.

Investigative experience​​​ to PIP (Professionalising the Investigative Process) level 1 or above would be an advantage but is not a prerequisite.

Students shoul​​d have understanding of telephony and be using computers on a regular basis, and will have knowledge of applications such as Microsoft Office and internet services such as the web and email.

An understandin​​g and brief overview of the following legislation would also be of assistance

  • Human Rights Act
  • General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
  • Data Protection Act 2018  
  • Freedom of Information Act
  • Criminal Procedure and Investigations Act (CPIA)

Course Dates and Venues

Start dateEnd dateVenuePlaces
03/12/201814/12/2018RytonPlease email
07/10/201918/10/2019RytonPlease email
04/02/201915/02/2019RytonPlease email
18/03/201929/03/2019RytonPlease email
13/05/201924/05/2019RytonPlease email
04/06/201914/06/2019RytonPlease email
15/07/201926/07/2019RytonPlease email
09/09/201920/09/2019RytonPlease email
07/10/201918/10/2019RytonPlease email
04/11/201915/11/2019RytonPlease email
02/12/201913/12/2019RytonPlease email
06/01/202017/01/2020RytonPlease email
27/01/202007/02/2020RytonPlease email
17/02/202028/02/2020RytonPlease email

Methods of delivery


Assessment processes / accreditation details

​Students attending this course will be continually assessed, and will also undertake a skills and knowledge assessment on the final day of the course. Accreditation will only be awarded to students who successfully complete the course. This is a pass/fail course.

Additional information

Trainers will be employed by the College of Policing, and will all be ACPO SPoC accredited officers or industry experts.

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