New cyber crime training is already leading to arrests

Up to 1,000 investigators undergo College cyber crime training in just five months.

This month will see 1,000 investigators trained in a new College of Policing training course to help police officers and staff tackle cyber crime.

The Mainstream Cyber Crime Training Course began in March and will be delivered to up to 6,000 police officers and staff during this financial year. It has already proved a hit with delegates, who have credited the training for leading to a number of arrests.

PC Andy Robinson from Thames Valley Police, who attended the pilot course in March 2014, said:

"Every officer knows that the internet is having a huge impact on every level of policing - from harassment right the way through to serious organised crime. The skills from this course have already led to me making arrests, most recently by identifying a computer hacker using intelligence gathered via the internet."

The training is being delivered by the College and by accredited providers in forces, and is designed to give officers and staff - who may not have prior experience in this area - the knowledge to tackle cyber crime.

PC Robinson added: "My unit has sent nine more officers on this course after me, and I would recommend this training to anyone who wants to develop their skills in this growing area of policing."

Giles Herdale from our cyber crime training unit said: "The internet has changed the way we live and work and, as well as bringing opportunities for criminals, it also brings a wealth of investigative avenues for police.

"This course is one element of our effort to help ensure that officers and staff have the skills they need to access this intelligence as part of their routine enquiries. We're working on a comprehensive strategy to ensure policing is match-fit for investigating digital as well as conventional crimes.

"This includes working on new guidance and a range of other courses so that everyone at every level in policing has the knowledge and training to detect and apprehend criminals and more importantly provide a professional and knowledgeable service to victims." You can access more information about the training by visiting our Mainstreaming Cyber Crime Course webpage or by contacting mcct@college.pnn.police.uk.

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