Digital investigations for police SIOs (senior investigation officers) - 2 day course


This course provides a SIO with a high level understanding of all aspects of digital investigation. It will present the SIO with considerations and options which he/she can then take back to the work place and action effectively.

The course teaches the SIO to apply an investigative mindset to the digital opportunities available today. Technology is constantly evolving and the opportunities for the SIO are evolving too.

This two-day training session sets out to demystify and dispel some of the urban myths around technology, and provide the SIO with clear uncomplicated options which can then be considered and actioned within the work place.

The SIO has a vast array of options to consider with digital investigation, this course will enable the prioritisation and focusing for those options. And builds on the knowledge already acquired in the one-day SIO introduction to digital investigations.

By the end of the course you can expect to: 

  • Demonstrate a good understanding of the opportunities effective digital strategy can provide investigations
  • Identify the who and when with regard to effective use of force resources within the digital work place
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of digital attribution
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the digital crime scene and all associated opportunities
  • Define what can be obtained from cloud forensics
  • Have an effective knowledge of the various methods individuals can now communicate
  • Understand what data can be recovered from vehicles and telematics

Course Options

The programmes is taught at the Avatu Academy but can also be taught at another suitable venue.

For overseas clients, we will need to make sure country specific data sets have been obtained from the relevant service providers.

If required, the course can also include the introduction of comms data analysis tools and training in their use.

The two-day course - which carries 8 CPD credits for PIP 3 & 4 officers - gives a good in-depth understanding of digital investigations for SIOs. The two-day course can be done as a stand alone or as a follow up to the one-day awareness of digital investigations course run at the Avatu Academy.


Day one

  • Introductions – covering individual experience/s within the digital space
  • DMI - What is the DMI/CTA and what can they do for the SIO? Defining the role and deployment model
  • Digital strategy encompassing OSI, comms data acquisition and digital forensics 
  • Layering digital evidence
  • Maximising evidential output from OSI
  • Maximising evidential output from comms data
  • Maximising evidential output from digital forensics 
Day two
  • Managing the digital crime scene – applying the lessons learnt from physical preservation to the digital space
  • Vehicle telematics – considerations and missed opportunities.
  • The new challenge of cloud forensics – what can be obtained and how.
  • The changing face of technology
  • The challenge of the change in communications methods
  • Terminology – dispelling the myths/removing of the 'smoke and mirrors' 

Suitable For

All SIOs including those working on major crime and those working on volume crime.

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