Plant Machinery Training Courses

IMI Accredited Police Plant Machinery Identification

IMI Accredited Police Plant Machinery Identification

Dates of next courses:
Wed 1st - Thur 2nd May 2024 - FULLY BOOKED
Thur 25th - Fri 26th July 2024

This two-day course is aimed at police officers/ police staff who are seeking to improve their knowledge and confidence in examining plant machinery. The course is aimed for complete beginners through to those with an intermediate level of knowledge in plant machinery identification and investigation. The course is accredited with the IMI (Institute of the Motor Industry). Students will undergo a practical exercise and will complete a number of multiple choice/written assessments.

Students will gain a comprehensive understanding of the national official scheme, The Construction (& Agricultural) Equipment Security And Registration (CESAR) scheme. CESAR is used for the registration and the overt/covert marking of plant machinery and is powered by Datatag. Datatag is the official service provider of the CESAR scheme for the Construction Equipment Association (CEA) and Agricultural Engineers Association (AEA) and has marked approximately 620,000 machines since the scheme began in 2007. Students will learn how to use CESAR effectively and will learn the latest developments to the scheme.

The course will empower officers to not only locate, but also crucially to assess vehicle identification across both construction and agricultural plant machinery. This will arm officers on roadside stops, operations/ warrants etc to then effectively use local and national systems to correctly identify stolen plant machinery.

The course trainer was a police officer for 17 years including a secondment to the National Vehicle Crime Intelligence Service (NaVCIS) and is a Qualified Stolen Vehicle Examiner (QSVE). The course is deeply grounded within a background in law enforcement covering common criminal MO’s and strategies to effectively combat plant theft

Successful students will be offered ongoing support by the trainer and will be updated on new and current trends.

Price Per Student - £599* + VAT / (IMI registration £74)

Please email our Police Liaison and Training Team on for more information or to book your place.

*Bursaries are available for some students

Vince Lane

Instructor - Vince Lane

Vince has a 17-year career history as a PC and is a specialist vehicle examiner with extensive experience with the Datatag product range. Vince also spent a long spell as a dedicated rural response officer with a particular passion for tackling vehicle crime where he personally recovered a significant number of stolen vehicles with a value of in excess of £1.2million. Vince has recovered far in excess of this throughout his career, especially during his secondment to NaVCIS.

Vince’s role with Datatag involves working with the police forces in the south of England examining vehicles and machinery, including plant, cars, motorcycles and watercraft. Vince is also responsible for the investigation, identification and reinstatement of recovered assets and assisting Police officers with training on the Datatag CESAR scheme and law enforcement. 

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PC Adam Gibson (National Vehicle Crime Intelligence Service) - "Vince is very knowledgeable and the course is highly informative and the practical element on day 2 allows you to put the training into practice."

PC Helen Backhouse (TVP) - "Trainer’s knowledge is excellent. Having previous experience within the police is invaluable."

PC Justin Davies (Gwent)"The course was delivered in a professional manner. Excellent topic delivery at the right pace. Enjoyed every minute of the course"

PC Eleanor Fenemore (TVP) - "One of the best training packages I’ve attended. Lots of tips and knowledge learnt."

PC Chris Vickers (Leicestershire Police) - "Very well presented with personal experiences. Easy to understand and clarified."

PC Adam Hollings (Gwent) - "Excellent, engaging trainer who clearly knew the subject very well. Consolidation exercise really beneficial. Would highly recommend to other police officers."

PC Mathew Braddish (TVP) - "Great course. Very informative and a good tool for police officers."

PC Dean Kingham (TVP) - "Vince was great at explaining the course content and pushing the tips and tricks to ID equipment correctly."

PC Mathew Houghton (Leicestershire Police) - "Both Vince and Pete are extremely knowledgeable and passionate. This made the training a pleasure and easy to understand."

PC Thomas Batchelor (TVP) - "The training was extremely informative and was delivered in a way that was understandable."

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