9 KBW OIC ROADSHOW
COVID – 19
In order to continue to provide officers with our OIC Training during the COVID-19 Pandemic we have developed a Zoom version of the Roadshow Presentation.
In 2014 Robyn Murdo-Smith, a retired career police officer, joined 9 KBW as a tenant and part of our team of criminal law specialists.
Shortly thereafter, Robyn expressed his ideas and suggestions about giving police officers a clear insight into what advocates require when defendants are charged and the case proceeds to trial.
John Clifford, a Grade 4 Prosecutor and Rape List specialist for the London and South Eastern Circuit, joined Robyn in developing a package to meet the needs of police officers.
Initially the package was rolled out on a small scale but after a short amount of time the OIC Roadshow was born!
The Roadshow continued to grow in strength and numbers as we received more requests to present similar programmes to many officers across London and the South East. As the number of Roadshow presentations grew, so did the number of members of Chambers who were willing to provide their services in presenting seminars with question and answer sessions to officers at every level.
9 KBW members can offer a bespoke lecturing service, tailored to meet the precise requirements of particular units and squads, based on the practical, procedural, evidential and disclosure aspects of any or all of the following areas of offending.
· Unused material and disclosure, PII and RIPA
· The management of trial incidents
· The use of social media and rap lyrics in prosecutions, in particular in Operation Trident gang cases
· Proving gang membership at trial
· The importance of social media in serious crime generally and particularly in sexual offences
· How to get a case charged first time, i.e. providing all the correct material to the CPS (including youth defendants)
· Avoiding being derailed by disclosure and defence statements
· Disclosure in sexual offence matters
Disclosure of Home Office documents - what can be disclosed and why
Dealing with defendants charged with serious offences who have mental health issues
· Dealing with cases where both defendant and victim or witnesses have mental health issues
· Taking over as the new OIC in cases of complex fraud or money laundering
· Effective use of experts in cases of fraud and money laundering
· Managing multi-offence fraud prosecutions'
· The suspect says (s)he honestly never intended/ knew/ suspected/ believed..
· Proving the mental element in cases of money laundering and fraud
· Making phone attribution work
· Drugs - turning the search into the conviction
· He said it in interview/ defence statement, what do we do now?
· Applying for International Letters of Request
· Applying for European Arrest warrants
Going overseas to gather evidence/ working with foreign prosecution agencies
Obtaining evidence from foreign embassies/ consulates in the U.K
Current common evidential weaknesses in the Prosecution of Sham marriages and how to know what to do about them
Ensuring statements from Home Office employees withstand defence scrutiny at trial
Presenting interlinked financial evidence between defendants in immigration cases
Joint enterprise: “the post Jogee landscape"
Attempted murder and serious violence matters
· Child sex exploitation
· Historical sexual offences
· Large scale Class A drug importation
· Test purchase cases
· Honour crime
For Area OIC’s there have been seminars on hearsay, the seizure of exhibits, the best use of body cams, digital files, CRIS reports, special measures, bad character, schedules of unused, cautions, hate crime, violence against women and other matters which require particularly sensitive handling, as well as the Codes of Practice to the CPIA and PACE.
Members of Chambers will happily deliver seminars on any aspect of criminal case preparation, tailored to the audience of officers (i.e. those on font line duty).
The purpose of the Roadshow is to ensure that an Advocate has what is needed in order to present a robust but fair prosecution of a case, whatever the level of the offence. Members will advise OIC’s on how to best achieve this in order to provide several outcomes:
Ensure the Prosecution have all evidence properly presented
Ensure the Defence are able to discharge their duties as far as disclosure is concerned
Ensure that when a police officer acts, either as an OIC or as a witness of fact, they fully understand his or her role in the prosecution
· There have been and will continue to be presentations on PACE and CPIA Codes so that officers can respond appropriately under cross examination and explain why they did or did not take a particular course of action
· Members will seek to ensure that officers have a better understanding of their duties of compliance with PACE and CPIA Codes and what is required of them in the preparation of the details of the case before it goes to a trial advocate
Robyn Murdo-Smith continues to lead the team and all of our members are committed to presenting seminars and assisting with Mock Trials. This consists of issues specific to their role and includes an evidence giving exercise and examination by Barristers.
In the Roadshows we focus on the OIC Skills of police officers from those who are new to the job up to and including those senior investigating officers who are part of the service that specialise in the most serious crime. We continue to build this team with the newer members of Chambers willingly giving their time and invaluable insight into what is needed by advocates prosecuting cases of a less serious nature than those at the very senior end and where officers are also likely to be junior or inexperienced. We strive to improve the interaction between police investigators and the prosecution in order to promote excellence in investigation and prosecution, at all levels.
Senior members are willing to provide presentations on all areas of complex crime and welcome invitations to speak on any specialist area as well as the general requirements for the preparation of cases at a high level.
HISTORY OF THE ROADSHOW
The first seminar took place in Chambers and was for members of Shomrim a Pro Active Neighbourhood Watch operating in North East London they were appearing in court as witnesses and wanted some input on giving evidence.
Then with the active support of the Jewish Police Association, John and Robyn attended a seminar at Peel Centre Hendon talking to a group of police officers who also wanted input on giving evidence in court. It was clear that what officers really wanted was experience of giving evidence in a controlled environment. Therefore, next came a Mock Trial at Inner Temple Hall where 9 KBW provided Barristers to play the role of Judge, Prosecutor & Defence Counsel. We have a list of members of the community who come along and sit as jurors to make the exercises as realistic as possible. 9 KBW was then asked by the Continuation Training Unit at Peel Centre to address a number of training days at Hendon on the skills required to take a good witness statement. Robyn and John responded to this request by presenting their lecture to a camera in Chambers and supplied a DVD to Peel Centre which they then played at the numerous training days which followed.
Successful though the Mock Trial undoubtedly was, it was clear that what was needed was an event capable of being delivered at police venues where there was capacity for a much larger audience. This is now done on a regular basis and to date the OIC Roadshow has presented to CID and uniform police officers on many of the Metropolitan Police Areas and the Roads Policing Unit in Kent.
Should you require any information regarding planned events or if you are interested in holding an event in your area our contact details are below.
If you would like to discuss setting up an event for your area please contact either Robyn Murdo-Smith if you wish to discuss a general OIC Roadshow on 020 7353 9564 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or Christine Eadie, our Managing Consultant email@example.com who will also be pleased to assist with any enquiries regarding our members, such as their particular experience in specialist areas or any other matters not mentioned on our website.