If you know your PIP levels, you’ll know that you’ve got the correct resource investigating a specific crime type. In other words, you’ll not be allocating a Detective Inspector to go out and investigate the theft of someone’s car or a Police Constable to track down a kidnapper.
But What is PIP?
PIP in British Policing relates to the Professionalising Investigation Programme.
What does it do?
It ensures that staff are trained, skilled and accredited to conduct the highest quality investigations in each PIP level.
The PIP structure involves a series of levels:
PIP level 1 – priority and volume crime investigations
PIP level 2 – serious and complex investigations
PIP level 3 – major investigations
PIP level 4 – strategic management of highly complex investigations.
In simple terms, Level 1 investigators tend to be uniformed Police Constables (PCs).
Level 2 investigations are generally carried out by a Detective Constable (DC) who is part of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID).
Level 3 investigations are usually led by at least a Detective Inspector (DI) who may be attached to CID or a specialist unit such as a Major Crimes Unit.
Level 4 investigations require the leadership of a Senior Investigating Officer (SIO) who may be any rank from DI to Detective Chief Superintendent (DCS).
As with most things in life, there are always exceptions. Have you got the correct investigator involved in your fictional crimes?
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