IAATI UK Training

The Investigators Toolbox …. an IAATI UK Training Event

With a brand new programme and Training Team, IAATI UK has re-establishing its annual Training Weekends.

The latest training event took place takes place at Police Headquarters Portishead the Training School of the Avon and Somerset Constabulary, the first to be held at the venue for more than ten years.

“The Investigators Tool Box” – Portishead

policedogtroyAround seventy attended in November including representatives from nine UK police forces, investigators, insurers, and others. Three IAATI Europe members also attended from the Netherlands, and Belgium.

The group included Police Cadets aged 14 -18, who assisted escorting those attending around the site, and sitting in on the mornings presentations.

The event was hosted by the force’s Tactical Crime Unit who specialise in the use of ANPR, vehicle pursuits, asset tracking and lead nationally with the deployment of dogs to detain thieves abandoning stolen vehicles during pursuits.

Feedback On The Day

carftheft1flippedFeedback on the day included: All in all an excellent day, … great value for money, … great depth of knowledge event, … superb learned a lot, …cheap as chips, easily worth the cost and one’s time out.

Justin Powell – Business Manager for CDL Vehicle Information Services commented, – “It was great to see the 1st IAATI UK’s training days kick off so positively. I’ve come back with a head full of ideas is the best testimony I could give”

Our Training team is currently made up entirely of serving or retired police staff, consequently we are looking for one or two additional members, particularly from the insurance sector to join us.

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Your trainers will include:

Simon Hodgson:

Simon retired from the Hampshire force in 2011 serving 14yrs in uniform before joining the Force Stolen Vehicle Squad as a Detective Constable Examiner / Investigator.

He trained with the Metropolitan Police and Home Office Forensic Science Service in the investigation of suspect / stolen vehicles and the restoration of erased identification numbers. Prior to its demise, Simon was a member of the Council for the Registration of Forensic Practitioners.

Simon prepared and delivered a week long Autocrime course and travelled extensively around Europe in pursuit of those individuals engaged in vehicle theft. As lead examiner on many multi vehicle, multi defendant trials, he has extensive experience presenting evidence before the court.

He is also experienced in the examination and identification of all types of motorcycles, agricultural, construction and engineering plant, caravans, trailers and personal water craft.

He utilised the restoration of numbers process to identify weapons, trophies and military medals that have been stolen and / or used in crime.

He also produced a training package aimed specifically at front line officers entitled “Signs of Crime” which gave officers a practical insight into crime techniques and how to spot and identify stolen vehicles.

John Penn

John, an IAATI member since 1994 retired from the Metropolitan Police after 31 years service in 2008. During his service he undertook a variety of roles including attachments to Traffic Division, and was the lead instructor and designer of the National Autocrime Course (Technical Training Wing) at the prestigious Hendon Driving School.

He has a Master of Science degree from Middlesex University in Autocrime & Criminology (1998), and was a professional Police trainer for almost ten years, obtaining a full Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) from Greenwich University. He was a member of the Interpol Formatrain vehicle crime training team and trained officers abroad. John is an Institute of the Motor Industry Certified (IMI) Automotive Engineer.

He was a member of numerous vehicle crime committees and action groups from 1996-2008. In 1998 he was seconded to the National Criminal Intelligence Service (Vehicle Crime Desk) and compiled a report for ACPO on construction plant theft in the UK, and helped to advise senior officers in AVCIS when it was initially set up, as well as interested parties from industry.

His skill and expertise was consulted in numerous major crime investigations including the Millennium Dome Robbery, The M25 Road Rage Murder, The Jill Dando Murder and John helped design the current IMI accredited IAATI Vehicle Crime course.

 Brian Whittaker, I.ENG. LCGI. MIIE. MIRTE. MIAATI

Brian recently retired after 22 years service, one of the first civilian Vehicle Examiners to be employed by Kent Police His responsibilities included the technical / forensic examination of vehicles, plant and machinery, which may have been involved in road traffic accidents, road traffic offences and / or suspected of being stolen.

As the engineer within a government funded project (Operation Igneous) he investigated all aspects of vehicle crime, with a view to reducing vehicle thefts.

One aspect of this project was the utilisation of immobiliser systems as a means of detecting methods of fraud & theft.

These examination techniques were utilised nationally by UK police Forces and many Insurance Companies In addition to his daily work, he trained civilian and police members of the Kent Constabulary in the inspection of vehicles and other equipment.

“A Partnership Approach to Vehicle Crime.”