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Apprenticeship training course

Serious and complex crime investigator (integrated degree) (level 6)

Conduct serious and complex investigation.

Qualification level
Equivalent to degree.
Typical duration
30 months
Apprenticeship category
Protective services
Maximum funding
Maximum amount government will fund
for apprenticeship training.
Also known as
  • Detective constable
  • Investigator
  • Operations officer
Skills an apprentice will learn
  • Effectively apply relevant legislation to a variety of serious and complex crime investigations
  • Carry out serious and complex crime investigations in line with Authorised Professional Practice (APP) or other policies or guidance relevant to their organisation
  • Evaluate information gathered and develop and test hypothesis to support the investigation of serious and complex crimes
  • Use Intelligence Analysts to support complex investigations through focused tasking
  • Prepare and submit applications to undertake covert operations
  • Prepare and submit crime prosecution files to the Crown Prosecution Service and other legal bodies to ensure successful judicial outcomes
  • Attend at the Magistrate, Youth, Crown or Coroners courts to provide evidence in support of the Crown Prosecution Service or other prosecuting bodies
  • Undertake thorough research to ensure that any arrests and subsequent searches are carried out effectively and lawfully maximising evidence recovery
  • Conduct interviews of suspects in line with approved interviewing techniques to obtain evidence and create fresh lines of enquiry to support investigations
  • Effectively carry out the role of Disclosure Officer within a serious and complex crime investigation to ensure the Criminal Procedure and Investigations Act (CPIA) is lawfully complied with
  • Safeguard vulnerable victims and witnesses, and when carrying out interviews apply Achieving Best Evidence principles to gather best evidence. Ensure that special measures are used appropriately to protect vulnerable people
  • Preserve and manage crime scenes whilst also developing forensic strategies to exploit evidential opportunities from available material
  • Utilise advanced technologies effectively so that material and evidence gathering opportunities are maximised
  • Identify operational risks to public, self and colleagues applying health and safety legislation and any other policies and procedures relevant to their organisation to mitigate those risks to enable investigations to continue in a variety of challenging environments. Have an awareness of the importance of prioritising investigative actions in the context of vulnerable victims or dangerous suspects in order to minimise risk and harm
  • Use and apply problem solving techniques to identify issues and propose appropriate solutions in order to ensure that investigations maintain their momentum and progress. Persuade and influence key stakeholders and negotiate to find acceptable solutions
  • Apply investigative decision making to serious and complex crime investigations so that actions are focused and all key decisions are rational and considered

Full information on Serious and complex crime investigator (integrated degree) (level 6) is available from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

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