Management of serious and complex investigations development programme

Explore the practical, legal, supervision and managerial iss​ues around reactive and proactive investigations.

This development programme provides learners with the knowledge, understanding and skills to supervise investigations, thus providing an intermediate step to build upon to manage investigations at a more strategic level in the MSCIDP.


​To develop the existing skills of detective Inspectors or law enforcement equivalent (or police staff performing the role) so that they can manage, supervise and coordinate reactive and proactive investigations in accordance with national protocols and national occupational standards.


  • ​​​create policy files that record the strategic and tactical decisions made during an investigation in accordance with relevant guidelines
  • manage the initial response to a substantive investigation, implementing 'golden hour' principles and fast-track actions where appropriate including threats to life situations
  • explain the role​​, responsibilities and capabilities of the specialists involved in reactive and proactive investigations
  • identify the technology and specialists available to provide additional support advice and guidance for the investigation
  • describe the method​​s to plan and manage the resourcing of investigations and implement the principles of the volume crime management model
  • identify investigative strategies and contribute to their implementation
  • delegate tasks to teams and individuals and monitor and evaluate their performance
  • manage the performance of teams and individuals while incorporating health safety and welfare legislation and policy
  • identify techniques ​for the management of media during an investigation
  • conduct a community impact assessment and implement an appropriate strategy
  • plan and manage investigations in accordance with the investigative model (APP) taking into account relevant legislation and national and force policies (including serious sexual offences against adults and firearms discharges)
  • understand national and ​force protocols in relation to the investigation of crimes against children and sudden childhood death
  • plan and manage the post-charge investigation procedures

Key details


In addition to PIP Level 2 competence, learners will benefit from completing the investigative supervisors development programme (ISDP) or its recognised local force equivalent, and it is recommended that all learners do so.

Practitioner group

Candidates must:

  • be of substantive detective inspector rank or above or agency/police staff equivalent, or awaiting promotion to that rank
  • have access to the investigation of serious and complex crime
  • be PIP Level 2 competent
  • have completed in-force diversity and leadership training

Three weeks.


Home Office forces (non-residential):

£4,126 (1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021)

Course contact

Additional information

The programme is developed to national occupational standards (NOS), for managing serious and complex crime investigation.

This course is underpinned by Authorised Professional Practice (APP) and is structured around a number of reactive and proactive investigations.

Diversity and integrity issues are built into the case study and are dealt with throughout.