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Intelligence Officer Professionalisation

About the course

The Intelligence Officer Professionalisation Pathway is ideally suited to anyone looking to work as an Intelligence Officer within the UK, providing the necessary knowledge to excel in this role. This pathway consists of three of the courses available from Intelligence with Steve:

  • Introduction to Intelligence

  • OSINT Legal and Ethical Guidance

  • Open-Source Intelligence (OSINT) - Tools & Techniques


Starting with Introduction to Intelligence you will master crime theory, the Intelligence submission process and crime prevention techniques​, ensuring that you have a full understanding of the theory of Criminal and Security Intelligence.

OSINT Legal and Ethical Guidance will ensure that you have the appropriate knowledge of the rules and regulations surrounding OSINT, to prepare you for conducting Internet Investigations within the UK.

Finally, during Open-Source Intelligence (OSINT) - Tools & Techniques you will become an expert in Internet Intelligence and Investigations. Through this course, you'll learn the best way to set up your machine to conduct investigations, as well as the current techniques utilised in the day to day work of an OSINT professional. This course will demonstrate tools currently available to aid OSINT practitioners in their investigations and research into individuals and businesses. You will also learn the best way to navigate social media as an OSINT investigator, utilising the latest SOCMINT techniques. You will learn how to search Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, TikTok and LinkedIn to best gather information on your targets. 

At the end of the Intelligence Officer Professionalisation Pathway, you will be an Intelligence with Steve certified Intelligence Officer. You will be able to conduct your own OSINT investigations and will have a thorough understanding of the tools at your disposal. Whether you're a solo practitioner just starting out, someone just interested in what an OSINT specialist does or can find out about you, or you're a seasoned professional looking for a refresher and an overview of the best systems currently available, this course will suit your needs.

Is this course the IPP accreditation?

The Intelligence Professionalisation Pathways that we offer are intended as equivalent to IPP training, rather than being IPP. The only way to get official IPP training in the UK is via the College of Policing, who established the course. Our Professionalisation Pathways are designed to provide you with a similar knowledge and skill base to IPP training, to ensure that you can learn similar content to the same high standard. 

Do the NCA and other Law Enforcement Agencies recognise Intelligence with Steve's Pathways as 'equivalent' to IPP?

There is no official list of recognised 'equivalent' training, with decisions seemingly made by hiring managers on a case-by-case basis. Requests for clarification are usually met with a response that those applying are advised to use their own judgement. 

What's different about Intelligence with Steve?

Intelligence with Steve provides an alternative approach to Intelligence training. Entry-level training in Intelligence is not readily available to either those looking to move into the field or those that are new to the field. Intelligence Officers and Analysts generally have to wait anywhere from months to years before they are sent for IPP and NIAT training and until that point have to rely on the skills that they can pick up on the job. Through Intelligence with Steve, training is now available so that you can support your application into the role and start your first day with a full overview of Intelligence and the relevant skills that are needed.


Courses like the IPP and NIAT are generally 5-10 back-to-back days of in-person training, so are likely to be 40 - 70 hours and between £1,000 - £2,000. The Intelligence Professionalisation Pathways from Intelligence with Steve offer a more affordable and manageable approach to learning, with closer to 5 hours of content. We focus on providing clear and concise on-demand videos, with the goal being not to exceed ten minutes per concept. This greatly reduces the length of the course, offering a different learning experience, where students can choose their own pace and can recap any lectures as many times as they need.

Current Course Modules

The Basics of Criminal and Security Intelligence

  • Introduction

  • Intelligence Led Policing

  • Defining Intelligence

  • Levels of Intelligence

  • Job Roles within Intelligence

  • Defining Analysis in the world of Intelligence

  • The Intelligence Cycle

  • National Intelligence Model

  • Quiz

The Intelligence Submission Process

  • An introduction to Intelligence Submission

  • Intelligence Grading under the 3x5x2 classification system

  • Intelligence Sanitisation and Triage

  • The importance of an Audit Trail

  • Quiz

Crime Theory

  • Conventional Policing

  • Problem-Oriented Policing

  • Rational Choice Theory

  • Routine Action Theory

  • The Problem Analysis Triangle

  • The Wolf, Duck and Den Model

  • The SARA Model – Scanning, Analysis, Response and Assessment

  • The 3i Model

  • The 5 I’s Framework

  • The 5 WH’s

  • The Broken Windows Theory

  • The Pareto Rule

  • Crime Scripting

  • Behavioural Crime Linkage

  • Quiz

Crime Prevention Techniques

  • Crime Displacement

  • Concealing Targets

  • Removing Targets

  • Unique Property Displacement

  • Market Disruption

  • Denying Benefits

  • Neutralising Peer-Pressure

  • Discouraging Imitation

  • Alerting the Conscience

  • Controlling Addiction

Introduction and Overview for Legal and Ethical OSINT

  • Introduction

  • What is Open-Source Activity?

  • Why do I need training?

  • Legislation

Investigative Levels of OSINT

  • NPCC Investigative Levels

  • False Personas

  • Technical Requirements

  • Intelligence Collection and Activity Recording

  • Intelligence Grading

  • Ethical Considerations


OSINT Level 1 Quiz

  • Level 1 Certification Final Quiz 


Introduction to OSINT - Tools and Techniques

  • Introduction to me and the course 

  • Foundations of OSINT 

  • Investigative Process Flowcharts

  • OSINT Policy

Your Set-Up

  • Your hardware 

  • VPN's 

  • Virtual Machines 

  • Virtual Machines - Installing Buscador 

  • Browsers 

  • Setting up your browser for optimal security 

  • Activity Recording 

  • Subject Profile Structure - What to include? 


  • Quick Briefing

  • Capturing links

  • Capturing full webpages

  • Quick Web Caches

  • Ad and Script Blocking

  • Secure Connection

  • Media Download


  • A quick briefing on OSINT tools

  • People Search Engines

  • eMail tools

  • Messaging App Security

  • Data Breaches and Passwords

  • Caches

  • Web Domains

Advanced Searching

  • Site Operators

  • Business Searching


Social Media

  • General Account Advice

  • Facebook - Creating an Account

  • Facebook - Searching

  • Facebook - Searching by employer and/ or location (Coming Soon)

  • Facebook - Seeing the Groups a user is a member of (Coming Soon)

  • Facebook - Search posts and photos by location (Coming Soon)

  • Facebook - Searching by advertising history (Coming Soon)

  • Twitter

  • Twitter - Searching by email address (Coming Soon)

  • LinkedIn - Searching by email address

  • LinkedIn - Searching by current and previous employers

  • LinkedIn - Identifying the name of an anonymous "LinkedIn Member" account

  • LinkedIn - Searching without an account

  • Instagram - Downloading a full-size photo (Coming Soon)

  • Instagram - Searching by date posted (Coming Soon)

  • Instagram - Downloading an open user's account (Coming Soon)

  • TikTok

  • TikTok - Downloading a full-size photo (Coming Soon)

  • TikTok - Searching by date posted (Coming Soon)

  • TikTok - Downloading a user's network (Coming Soon)

  • Snapchat - Viewing a user's story

  • Activity Tracking Apps


  • Canary Tokens and the alternatives

Photos and Maps

  • Reverse Image Searching

  • Metadata

  • Mapping Options

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