CPD Effective Use of CCTV in Intelligence and Investigation

Level 7 (postgraduate), 20 Credits

Start dates


Course length

18 weeks

Course cost

Total cost: £760


Mt Pleasant campus

Faculty of Arts, Professional and Social Studies:

0151 231 5175


Course aim

The programme will assess the use of CCTV in the investigation process and the debate between privacy -v- safety and security. You will appraise the various types of equipment that are available in the deployment of covert and overt CCTV, the practicalities of recovery, the subsequent examination processes and the limitations of the product.

You will assess the use and benefits of CCTV recordings in the investigation process, making the comparison between use in reactive and proactive inquiries including assessments around parameters, enquiries to trace and recover footage and the authorisation levels for the covert or targeted use in an investigation.

The programme will evaluate the processes, benefits and risks of utilising CCTV footage in making appeals for identification, comparing the use of CCTV in the intelligence arena with its introduction as evidence, both in suspect interviews and in court, including the issues around disclosure.

This module will also examine the governing legislation and procedures relating to the powers to seize and retain the product from CCTV and the levels of governance, accountability and oversight.

Course content

After completing the module you should be able to:

  • Critically evaluate the ethics of utilising CCTV in the intelligence and investigation processes and the debate between privacy -v- safety and security
  • Critically assess the various types of equipment and technology available and understand the issues around recovery and examination techniques, together with the limitations of the product
  • Critically assess the benefits and complexities of the use of CCTV footage as intelligence, in comparing use in reactive and proactive investigations, introduction as evidence in the Criminal Justice process and issues around disclosure
  • Critically assess the legislation and procedures relating to the use of CCTV, together with the governance, accountability and oversight that is in place

Teaching and learning

Learning is on a part-time basis and through delivery on-site (at LJMU), off-site or through a blended delivery process incorporating some distance learning. Delivery will be supported by LJMU’s Virtual Learning Environment, Canvas. While the intake month is flexible, with the module being able to commence in semester 1, semester 2 or the summer period, the duration of study will usually last 18 weeks. Guest lecturers will be used on this programme and Masterclasses are likely to be run in parallel with each module. Participants are strongly encouraged to attend these events if calendars allow.

The course consists of:

  • 7 sessions run over a 18 week period
  • 21 taught hours
  • 200 learning hours

Entry requirements

  • First degree at 2:2 or above, international equivalent or through RPEL
  • This CPD module is ONLY open to recruitment for the closed client group of officers and staff employed by law enforcement agencies who have the current level of vetting, as required by their respective employer, to be deployed in this area of investigation


Assessment methods:

  • 2000 word essay
  • 10 minute presentation and poster

CPD award

This 20-credit module is studied as a single CPD programme and can contribute towards further studies at Level 7.

Further information

Further information is available in our Liverpool Centre for Advanced Policing Studies CPD brochure

Liverpool Centre for Advanced Policing Studies
80-98 Mount Pleasant 
L3 5UZ

Admissions enquiries:
T: 0151 231 5175
E: APSadmissions@ljmu.ac.uk


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