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Digital investigative skills now offered by Police Crime Prevention Academy thanks to Blue Lights Digital

The Police Crime Prevention Academy announces today that it can assist police forces and other organisations in the highly specialist fields of digital forensics and digital investigations.

This follows the Academy’s endorsement of Blue Lights Digital, a UK-based provider of professional training, consultation and investigation services covering digital investigation and digital forensic products and strategies.

Academy Head, Guy Collyer, explained that this is a major milestone for the Academy, which was founded in 2017 by Police Crime Prevention Initiatives (Police CPI), a not-for-profit organisation owned by the UK Police Service which has become a ‘major catalyst for crime prevention’ working with partner organisations to deter and reduce crime.

The Academy is now an established crime prevention learning and development supplier providing accredited qualifications recognised by UK employers and courses for the public and private sectors.

It also runs the ‘PCPA Endorsed’ scheme, whereby companies which are not in competition with the Academy can apply to be scrutinised in order that they can achieve the PCPA Endorsed standard. Successful applicants will be able to use the logo and will be listed on the Academy website.

Clients have included Police Forces in England and Wales, Police Scotland, the Police Service of Northern Ireland and An Garda Siochana – the police force of the Republic of Ireland, as well as security organisations like the military police, local authorities and community safety partnerships.

Courses include an Introduction to Crime Prevention; Crime Prevention for Practitioners; Designing Out Crime; Prevention of Extremism and Terrorism; and Problem Solving.

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Guy explained: “Having Blue Lights Digital as a ‘PCPA Endorsed’ supplier means that if police forces want training in digital investigative skills, we can make recommendations in the knowledge that this is a fit for purpose organisation which meets our standards as well as complementing what we provide.”

Blue Lights Digital, which is based in the Officers’ Mess Business Centre, Duxford, Cambridge, has strong links to law enforcement and military.

Claire Stanley, Business Development Manager, Blue Lights Digital (BLD), said: “Our team of trainers draw on decades of experience in law enforcement combined with in-depth knowledge of an array of tools to design and deliver both certified and bespoke training courses to any audience.

“BLD trainers are able to travel throughout the UK and worldwide to schedule deliveries to suit client circumstances, or alternatively we can offer many training options remotely to groups that may be spread geographically.”

Paul Young, Head of Learning & Futures, BLD, said: “The endorsement from PCPA is an important milestone for us in BLD. The application of digital investigation skills has evolved and should form as much a part of prevention as it does being a key enabler for investigation.

“I am hugely grateful that our services have been recognised in this way and I look forward to delivering real value, working with our existing partners and forging new collaborations.”

As a ProQual Approved Centre, the Academy offers an exclusive link to another Police CPI initiative – Secured by Design, which was set up in 1989 to work with the Police Service around the UK, to raise product security standards to deter and reduce crime in new build and refurbished homes.

The Academy maintains close working links with the National Police Chiefs’ Council and senior police officers from across the UK as well as with subject matter experts, academics and policymakers to ensure that qualification and course content is current for delivery and assessment. For more information and to see the Academy prospectus visit:
https://www.crimepreventionacademy.com/images/PCPA_PROSPECTUS_2021-22_LR.pdf#