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Opto Training Ltd was registered as a limited company in 2007 and specialises in the design and delivery of training courses and learning programmes in Investigative Skills, Investigative Interviewing, Safeguarding Children and Young People and Vulnerable Adults. The company is based in Greater Manchester, England, but training has been delivered at various locations throughout the UK and also internationally. Opto Training Ltd holds an ISO 9001 certification, which has only been achieved by approximately 5% of UK businesses and this prestigious award is supported by the Government and recognised world-wide.

NCFE small iconOpto Training Ltd is also an approved NCFE centre. NCFE accreditation provides a guarantee that training courses are of a high standard and meet the rigorous requirements of a national awarding body. Candidates benefit from being awarded a certificate of achievement from a recognised national awarding organisation and formal recognition of the learning programme they’ve successfully completed.

David Keech has been the Managing Director of the company since he formed it in June 2007. He has been delivering investigative skills and safeguarding training since he first qualified as a trainer in 1996.

David retired from the police service in June 2007, after serving 30 years with Greater Manchester Police (GMP), where he gained extensive operational investigation experience in a variety of roles as a detective sergeant. He also gained training experience when he worked as a supervisor in the GMP Investigative Skills department for 4 yrs. David is still an associate trainer with GMP and also delivers investigative skills training as an associate tutor for the University of Portsmouth.

For the last two years of his police service he was seconded to the NPIA as a National Investigative and Intelligence Skills Training Coordinator. David has a level 3 NVQ in Training & Development, an MSc in Forensic Psychology & Law and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education. He is also a qualified assessor and is currently a member of the international Investigative Interviewing Research Group.

The investigative skills training courses and programmes which David has designed for the private sector has seen him work in the USA, Singapore, Hong Kong, Switzerland, Hungary, Romania and Portugal.

linked in scaledIn June 2015 David gained a Certificate IV in Government (Investigation) from Charles Darwin University and has since co-delivered training to council enforcement officers in Katherine, Northern Territory, Australia.

John Scorfield retired from Northumbria Police in July 2016 and was appointed as Director of Training. He joined the police in 1991 and gained extensive experience working as a detective. John has a National Police Training Certificate and also a Certificate in Education.

In 2001 John worked in the Investigative Skills department for Northumbria Police as a trainer and in 2005 was seconded to the NPIA as a National Investigative and Intelligence Skills Training Coordinator.

After 2 years working at the NPIA, he then had a career break to work as the Training Manager for Forensic Telecommunication Services (FTS). In this role, he designed and developed a number of University accredited investigative and analytical training courses on the use of digital media and communications data whilst undertaking criminal investigations (which were then delivered to the majority of UK Police Forces).

John also lectured at Teesside University and organised investigative training events for such diverse organisations as the Bahrain Interior Ministry, the United Nations and the United States Customs and Border Agency.

linked in scaledIn 2013 he then returned to complete his service for Northumbria Police. He initially spent time in an operational role, before being appointed as the detective sergeant in the Investigative Skills Department. In this role he designed and delivered a range of investigative skills. He also became an approved Cyber Crime trainer and has subsequently designed and delivered both Cyber Crime and Internet Open Source research courses.

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