Recent Contact Police Deaths (DSI)


Recent Contact Police Deaths (DSI) is an essential course for all those in a management or investigative role following a ‘recent police contact’ death.

The Police Service in England and Wales is legally obliged to ensure deaths that occur following direct or indirect contact with the police are robustly and transparently investigated.  This intensive course will cover what does, and does not, constitute such a ‘recent contact death’, how they must be investigated and the interaction with the IPCC and Coroner in their independent scrutiny roles.

This is not just a course about deaths in custody, it covers the full remit of deaths to be referred to the IPCC and follows the journey from discovery and investigation to judicial scrutiny, be it in a Coroner’s Court or elsewhere.

Facilitated by a former Head of PSD  this course will draw on his significant experience in the field to ensure students achieve the greatest possible understanding of the issues involved and have the knowledge and skills to conduct transparent, effective investigations and effectively engage with statutory partners and families of the deceased

Recent Contact police Deaths Course – Planned Courses


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Numbers on courses are limited and due to the positive response to our PSD courses we recommend you contact us to register your interest and reserve places.

If you prefer, we are able to arrange bespoke PSD Courses throughout the country, either at your organisation or at a suitable venue nearby, and at a time that is convenient to you.


Please contact the course lead, Ian Kennedy, 07814 904830 or email for details.



Norfolk – 3rd & 4th November 2016

“The course was excellent and really informative. As someone due to start on-call in a few weeks time , this will be really beneficial”

“This course was excellent, mainly due to the knowledge and style of the trainer. I now have the confidence in my decision making when not referring a matter and the tools to enable me to justify/document this rationale. Thank you very much.”

“This course was very informative and the trainer had an excellent knowledge of the subject and was able to answer supplementary questions well. The course met my needs really well and the trainer ensured that everyone was able to contribute and ask questions which were answered whilst sharing others’ knowledge and experiences. An excellent learning experience overall.”
“This was a brilliant course, highly relevant to my role. Guest speakers were highly relevant and gave some very useful information. Ian delivered the course fantastically. As always he is very engaging and helped me to make sense of what appeared to be a very complex definition. This course has certainly given me huge confidence to apply the definition robustly yet correctly and fully justified. A very worthwhile investment of my time and I thoroughly recommend this course.”


Greater Manchester – 25th & 26th January 2016

Ian has a good understanding of the PAA and his previous experience as head of PSD was invaluable.  Disappointing venue for day 2.  Excellent ‘bucket’ analogy. JL

Great course Ian, very relevant and well presented. Great sense of humour. DT

Highly relevant content and case studies throughout. Excellent delivery. A course all my staff will undertake. Thank you. DH

Thank very much. Learned loads. MB

Very useful course. Input from PIM very good. LE

Do not change anything. FN

Greater Manchester – January 2015

The training and content was relevant to my current role in PSD. NK

Very good course, informative and relaxed atmosphere, Heavy topics but explained in manageable chunks. CS

Very informative. The use of real examples and scenarios makes the learning realistic, together with the experience and knowledge of the trainers – invaluable. HW

Excellent course. All my learning points were covered. JC

Useful course and I have confidence in applying learning for next DSI. LD