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Giles Herdale has been involved in digital investigation for many years, working at the National Policing Improvement Agency, College of Policing and National Police Chiefs’ Council, where he set up and ran the Digital Investigation and Intelligence Programme to transform policing capabilities to address the growing threat of cybercrime. He has also had experience in the private sector, providing digital forensics and data analytics services to law enforcement, and cyber and information security services to corporate and not for profit organisations. More recently, he has been appointed Co-Chair of the Independent Digital Ethics Panel for Policing, a panel of experts drawn from a range of disciplines relevant to digital policing - www.idepp.org.
Giles has had a long interest in information and intelligence management. He wrote the Management of Police Information Code of Practice following the Bichard Inquiry into the Soham murders, which was central to the development of the Police National Database, the first national intelligence sharing platform for policing. When working in the National Centre for Policing Excellence, he led the team responsible for implementing the National Intelligence Model in policing and initiated and led the development of the first published guidance for covert policing.
He came to policing from Government where, as a fast stream civil servant, he worked on legislation and policy development. Giles was Assistant Private Secretary to the Policing Minister and Secretary to the Home Office Board. He went on to specialise in transnational organised crime and intelligence sharing. In the early 2000s, he was the first Whitehall policy lead for human trafficking and organised immigration crime, developing UK policy and legislation, including negotiating international collaboration through the UN, Council of Europe, European Union and Europol, including the first Joint Investigation Team involving the UK.