Communications data investigation

Who should attend

This course is designed for officers and staff from the law enforcement and wider public authorities who need to lawfully 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 Home Office Accreditation Standards


After attending this course, the participant will:

  • understand and be able t o put into practice the IPA Act 2016 to facilitate the lawful acquisition of Communications Data (CD)
  • have knowledge of all ty pes of CD available from postal, communication and internet service providers, including data retention policies
  • Be accredited to have the authorisation to use on line system to obtain data from providers
  • 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

Delegates will be or expect to be in a role which requires acquisition of communications data (CD) regulated by the IPA Act 2016.

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

Students should 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 understanding 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
24/08/202004/09/2020RytonPlease email
12/10/202023/10/2020RytonPlease email
09/11/202020/11/2020RytonPlease email
07/12/202018/12/2020RytonPlease email
11/01/202122/01/2021RytonPlease email
15/02/202126/02/2021RytonPlease email
15/03/202126/03/2021RytonPlease 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 Home Office SPoC accredited officers or industry experts.

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Cost to HO forces


£2673.00 Tuition fee (Prices are valid 1 April 2019 to 31 March 2020) £2750.50 Tuition fee (Prices are valid from 1 Oct 2019 for courses from 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021)

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