Police Officer

Use of Intelligence in Covert and Reactive Investigations

Use of Intelligence in Covert and Reactive Investigations

Level 7, 20 Credits

Course aim

Every investigator requires an in-depth knowledge of the role that intelligence plays in the investigation process. Intelligence is a vital component of law enforcement activity, particularly as it underpins all investigations, allowing the investigator's hypotheses to be tested, working within the governing legislation to utilise intelligence gathering methods, theories and analytical techniques to assist in subject identification, including victims, witnesses and suspects.

This module aims to raise the students' awareness of how intelligence-led policing and law enforcement activity assists the investigation process. The sessions will take the student through a structured, methodical process within an intelligence-led law enforcement environment, critically examining the principles of intelligence and the resulting analysis that supports crime investigations, considering how the investigator will implement and develop an intelligence-led approach to support the overarching investigation strategy.

The module will also examine some of the wider strategic issues managed by the investigator along with the role of partner agencies when providing intelligence to support an investigation.

Course length

7 sessions run over a 18 week period

24 taught hours

200 learning hours

Course cost

The total cost for this CPD module is £760 on-site delivery at LJMU for UK domiciled students. Other delivery options are available – costs on enquiry.


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.

Course content

After completing the module you should be able to:

  • Critically appraise how the governing legislation, theory and practical elements of the intelligence processes can support the investigator within a reactive or proactive investigation
  • Select the most appropriate NIM analytical technique(s) to support an investigation and apply a range of problem solving approaches and crime theories to aid the investigation process
  • Critically evaluate how strategic and tactical intelligence can support and direct law enforcement activity
  • Critically compare intelligence and evidence, explaining how to convert intelligence into evidence in line with relevant legislation in order to support a successful prosecution

Assessment methods:

  • 2500 word essay
  • 2000 word reflective portfolio
Entry requirements
  • First degree at 2:2 or above, international equivalent or through RPEL
  • This CPD module is open to recruitment for police officers or staff. The content of the programme is also of relevance to individuals working in other law enforcement and partner agencies who will deal with human trafficking and/ or modern day slavery as a key element of their work processes (e.g. the NCA, UKBA, HMRC and the DWP as examples)
CPD award

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

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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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