Policing Elections and Investigating Electoral Fraud

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Policing Elections and Investigating Electoral Fraud

It is imperative that those with responsibility for ensuring fair and transparent elections take place are seen to do so effectively and that a robust approach is taken to investigating allegations of election malpractice.  This responsibility is shared between the Electoral Commission and the Police.

The aim of this course is to ensure that the delegate understands the key roles and responsibilities of the nominated police election SPOC and those employed to investigate election malpractice.  By understanding the necessary legislation and procedure, obtaining an awareness of political culture and understanding the effect that an election can have on such a culture, the delegate will be prepared to deal with any potential critical incident.

Police officers and police staff involved in the investigation or management of investigations of alleged election malpractice and fraud.

The programme is only open to qualified detectives and police staff investigators.

  • The role of the police SPOC in electoral fraud cases and how to investigate allegations of electoral fraud
  • Relevant legislation
  • The electoral process and preparing for local council, Police and Crime Commissioner, mayoral and general elections
  • The roles of the Electoral Commission, the local authority electoral services office, and the Director of Public Prosecutions
  • Political culture and dealing with individuals involved in that culture

Two-day trainer-led course

Assessment throughout the course and one knowledge check at the end

Certificate from the Commissioner of the City of London Police


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