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PIP level 4 – strategic management of complex cases

​​To ensure those charged with the strategic management of investigations have the necessary skills and knowledge to perform the role.

The course element of the programme is themed to reflect contemporary policing issues and includes investigative and technical innovation, ensuring that senior inve​stigating officers are aware of subject matter likely to be encountered by those who successfully pass through the level 4 accreditation process.


​The course addresses five core themes that characterise successful policing operations:

  • strategic command and leadership
  • strategic partnership​s
  • resource ma​​nagement
  • strategic ma​​nagement of information and intelligence
  • public confidence

The themes addressed during ​the course of the programme are constantly refreshed to ensure they keep pace with developing practice.

After attending this course the participant will be able to:

  • meet the demands of the most critical and challenging investigations being equipped with a high level of knowledge, understanding and skills
  • demonstrate enhanced strategic awareness including executive and business skills to operate at this level of investigation
  • manage high-impact, complex cases that attract high levels of political and public scrutiny including Article 2 inquests and public enquires
  • consider the investigative issues beyond operational expedience, including aspects of consequence management​

Key details

Qualification eligibility

Assistant chief constables, detective chief superintendent and selected detective superintendents.

Nominations must be endorsed by their respective chief officer​.

Practitioner group

Officers who have successfully completed the PIP level 3 programme and evidence competency in category A investigations.


Five days


£1,263.50 (non-residential) 

Course contact
Additional information

There is a smart dress code for this course.

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