RIPA for Local Authorities – Authorisation and Oversight for Senior Officers – 13th July ’23





13 Jul 2023


1:30 pm - 4:00 pm


Online Training

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RIPA for Local Authorities – Authorisation and Oversight for Senior Officers – 13th July ’23

About the Course

The Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act and the Protection of Freedoms Act govern the surveillance powers of local councils, limiting their use of covert surveillance and the use of CHIS informants.

Our experienced team of investigators and surveillance experts use case studies and years of experience to describe the checks and balances that Councils need to have in place to ensure that any use of covert techniques is lawful, necessary and proportionate.

Course Outline:

  • The application of the Human Rights legislation, Data Protection Act and UK GDPR on covert investigations.
  • Factors to consider with applications and the conditions necessary on authorisation of operational activity.
  • The standards of risk assessment.
  • The judicial oversight process.
  • Time limits applying to approved applications.
  • Carrying out internal quality assurance and audits.
  • Standards to meet when using CCTV, photographic or video supporting evidence
  • The work and support available from the National Anti-Fraud Network (NAFN).
  • The importance of data retention
  • Experience and learning from the Investigatory Powers Commissioner’s Office (IPCO) and the Office for Communications Data Authorisations (OCDA) – oversight, inspections and audits. 

Online Training

  • Training is held via MS Teams.
  • Course is 3 hours with a half-way break and includes time for in dividual questions after the session.
  • The presentation will be issued 4 working days in advance.
  • You will need to read the course materials prior to the session, so that at the beginning you can highlight any areas that you may be specifically unsure of, or if you have any specific issues/scenarios that you may want to discuss. These will be factored into the session.
  • After the session, time will be spent reflecting and consolidating training learnt.
  • A certificate of attendance will be issued.