Is your lead investigator properly trained?

Posted: December 4, 2011 in Uncategorized

In the U.K, the lead investigator for a homicide is called the Senior Investigating Officers (S.I.O) and can be of any rank from Detective Inspector upwards but they must be an accredited S.I.O.  They are accredited by the National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA) once they have successfully completed their SIO Development Programme.

This is a three-week course followed (3 months later) by a further five days’ immersive training at specialist venues around the country.  Once accredited, they must maintain their Continuing Professional Development (CPD).


Who made these rules?  The Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) Homicide Working Group did to ensure that SIOs are both competent and fit to do their job.

Is your SIO practising without accreditation?

Don’t forget to book your place on the Crime Fiction – Making it Real weekend workshop March 2012

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