Reviewing officers

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Reviews should take place regularly throughout the investigation, the frequency of which will be determined by the circumstances of the case.

All reviews should be approached with an investigative mindset. The reviewing officer should bring a fresh perspective so that the investigation is conducted effectively and that potential lines of enquiry are identified. The responsibility of a reviewing officer is to:

  • review the level of risk
  • check for any outstanding and incomplete actions
  • quality assure actions already taken
  • set new actions and enquiries in order to bring the investigation to a successful conclusion
  • confirm parameters of investigation are appropriate
  • make recommendations about the management and ownership of the investigation
  • set future review date(s) as appropriate
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