Counter Fraud

Applying for Surveillance


To ensure that applicants for surveillance and those authorising surveillance have the necessary knowledge and skills to accurately comply with the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA) and the requirements given in the Surveillance Code of Practice.

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of RIPA, the Surveillance Code of Practice and relevant case law
  • Define the roles and responsibilities of applicants for written and oralsurveillance applications
  • State their understanding that alternative courses of action will always be considered before surveillance is authorised
  • Demonstrate their abilityto properly complete written applications and make recommendations as appropriate
  • Demonstrate their ability to properly authorize applications,renewals, reviews and cancellations making recommendations as appropriate
  • Comply with the Office of the Surveillance Commissioners recommendations for the central control of surveillance forms
  • Complete a risk assessment
  • State the importance and required frequency of application reviews
  • Demonstrate their understanding of the requirement to consider and make plans to reduce the level of collateral intrusion
  • Explain the meaning of proportionality when considering surveillance
  • Demonstrate their understanding of the consequences of a wilful disregard or breach of the RIPA Code of Practice
  • State their understanding of the procedure for identifying a possible Covert Human Intelligence Source

Who should attend

  • All staff who make applications to conduct surveillance and those who are responsible for authorising surveillance operations

Course delivery

The course is very interactive being practical skills and knowledge based.  Training methodologies include classroom based learning; trainer led discussion; syndicate and pair working; quiz activities; power points and case studies.  The training is fully evaluated with results fed back to the organisation.

Assessment and trainers

Students have the opportunity to assess their learning through the completion of a multiple choice question test and, on successful completion, receive a certificate to evidence their Continuing Professional Development.   The course is delivered by experienced and qualified Counter Fraud trainers who are subject matter experts in their field.

Duration and student numbers

One day with a maximum of twelve

There are no upcoming events at this time.

Contact us

For further information on any of our products and services please contact either Peter or Malcolm:

Peter Darby | 07714 216126

Malcolm Hollett | 07522 394883