Your First Year as a Police Station Advisor

Your First Year as a Police Station Advisor

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Course Overview

To become an accredited police station representative, you must demonstrate the necessary level of competence to undertake police station work and that the advice you provide is of a sufficiently high standard.

Essential for anyone embarking upon advising suspects at the police station, in a probationary or accredited representative capacity, this session will ensure that viewers are aware of some of the everyday dilemmas that can catch out practitioners, particularly those advising on difficult issues, at an early stage in the investigation.

During this 60-minute session, experienced criminal practitioner and lecturer Colin Beaumont will provide viewers with useful hints and tips on how to get yourself out of tricky situations so that you are prepared and feel more confident when certain things are sprung upon you, as they often are at the police station!

This course will focus on the following topics:

  • The level of disclosure required
  • Issues relating to written statements
  • The position on legal/professional privilege
  • Advising in the area of consensual but under-age sexual activity
  • The role of the legal adviser during the interview at the police station

What are the requirements?

  • Watch the recorded webinar, review the slides and complete the short quiz to test your legal knowledge.
  • This course provides 1 CPD point

Learning Outcomes

  • On completion of this course you will:
  • • Understand how adverse inferences work
  • • Be aware of the circumstances in which there might be a request for intimate samples
  • • Be able to advise in the area of credit at this early stage
  • • Have considered the best advice to give to the client who wants you to make a phone call on their behalf
  • • Appreciate when there may have to be some mention of costs at this early stage
  • • Be able to recognise circumstances when conflict may arise and how to deal with it

What is the target audience?

  • Criminal practitioners including probationary and accredited police station representatives


About Instructor - Colin Beaumont

Colin Beaumont graduated in law in 1981 and qualified as a Barrister in 1982. He worked for many years in the Magistrates’ Court service until 1996 when he re-qualified as a Solicitor and joined a large criminal legal aid practice. He became a partner with the firm. He retired as a solicitor in 2016 and has returned to his Inn of Court at The Inner Temple. Colin has been teaching the profession for the last 25 years and continues to do so.

Course Curriculum

Recorded Webinar

  • Webinar

Supporting Documentation

  • Slides
    21 Page


  • Quiz