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Knowing the law is one thing – but understanding the real risk and issues in applying it is another. This workshop will give practitioners a chance to refresh themselves on the law, but also increased understanding in how to apply it – and how to anticipate issues that may emerge in what is one of the most effective but high risk ways to deal with crime and criminals.

RIPA is the Act which regulates public bodies to carry out surveillance and investigation and covers the interception of communications. The legislation is the means of safeguarding the way that public authorities intrude into people’s lives, and public concern at the moment has never been greater. Knowledge and understanding of the law is a vital part in ensuring that the public can be confident that this area of policing is being properly applied.

  • Simon Foy QPM LLB, formerly Commander, Specialist Crime Directorate, Metropolitan Police Service and Stephen Naylor, formerly Head of Crime, Merseyside Police.

Date: 8th July 14.00- 17.00
Venue:Prospero House, 241 Borough High Street, London SE1 1GAThe venue has a great location opposite Borough Tube with northern line links to Kings Cross, 5 minutes walk from London Bridge and 10 minutes walk from Waterloo Station.
Each course is £200 +VAT (A 50% discount will be applied to the first 10 bookings)

Aims and Objectives of the workshop

  • To provide participants with a concise and practical guide to the most significant areas of law within RIPA
  • To reinforce this knowledge with a series of practical exercises and scenarios
  • To guide participants through the risks apparent in a number of practical situations and to help them identify and mitigate these risks
  • To reinforce this through a number of practical examples
  • To help participants recognise how public concern is growing in this area – and how to deal with this issue
  • To help participants formulate their own check list of things to remember when operating in this area

Description of workshop

The workshop will initially cover the actual legislation itself – working through it in an interactive and informative way, designed to make it interesting and memorable. Participants will then be set a number of brief practical exercises, and issues will be identified by the group, using a variety of facilitative techniques. This learning in turn will be assimilated into an easy to use guide – with a check list of’ things to do and things to remember’ being produced for the group.
The second part of the session will be about the practical application of the powers, and what practitioners have to do to ensure that they fulfil their professional and legal responsibilities. This understanding will be tested out in a number of exercises – which will be designed against the background of a number of current topical themes. This will ensure that the thinking of the participants is up to date with current public concerns.
The process will be run jointly by Stephen Naylor who has substantial experience of being an Authorising Officer, as well as being regarded as the subject matter expert on this topic in a number of high profile training courses; and Simon Foy who has a strong background of being an experienced strategic leader within the Specialist Crime Directorate, as well as having had oversight of many high profile national and international investigations

What will students gain from attending?

This is an area which applies to a wide range of people who are involved in delivering and supervising law enforcement work generally. The understanding and the practical application of the legal requirements of this is often left in the hands of a small group of specialists – on whom a lot of supervisors rely and trust implicitly. While this should remain a strong and viable relationship – it is in everyone’s interest that actual technical understanding is broadened and a wider range of people think about and recognise how important this legislation is in ensuring that one of the most effective means of fighting crime can be properly applied and delivered.
This workshop will not necessarily be about those who already have specialist knowledge of this area. It will however support those who are responsible overall for its use and are required to exercise judgement in authorising the application of RIPA.
This is also an area where it is often assumed that people know more than they actually do. The workshop therefore offers an interesting and informative way (within a safe learning environment) for participants to check out their level of knowledge and understanding – and to do so with a likeminded group.

Interactive sessions with participants being constantly involved. Knowledge of the law will be set against a variety of practical situations – with a constant emphasis on the participants to reflect on and reinforce their learning and understanding.
There will be some short presentations about the legislation and a number of guides and hand outs will be produced for the participants.

There is a significant public debate at the moment following a series of articles in the Guardian and other newspapers about the activities of undercover police officers. There is shortly to be a detailed enquiry about the role of these techniques within the investigation into the murder of Stephen Lawrence.
These events have meant that the need for increased professional understanding and expertise has never been more apparent.

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