In Focus: Cyber crime - tackling the dark underbelly of the World Wide Web

How the College is helping police to tackle cyber crime 

Alan Hodge, from the College, is in charge of a new programme of training to help officers and staff understand how technology is transforming crime.

In the years since the Internet became a modern phenomenon, the use of the World Wide Web has been transforming.

The Internet now connects everybody, and with the advent of social media, functions as a social space - but with that comes a darker side.

Criminals are using the Internet as a territory on which to commit offences, ranging from online fraud to the trade of child abuse images.

Our recent demand analysis showed some forces' High Tech Crime Units (HTCUs) are under more pressure than ever due to the increased number of digital devices that need to be examined in investigations.

Building on the current Mainstreaming Cyber Crime Training (MCCT) course, the National Cyber Crime Training and Development Working Group is working with us to commission the updating of the MCCT training materials to allow forces to meet these core demands, while operating under a reduced budget.

We want to increase the availability of training to frontline staff and the new materials are being designed to achieve this.
We are asking all forces to begin preparing for this programme which is due to be released at the end of September 2015.

As project manager, I have been overseeing the development of the learning programme. While it is still in the design stages, it is intended to be a two-level modular learning programme and can also be used as a reference guides.

The first level is designed for all police employees who may have some involvement in the reporting and investigation of these crimes. The materials will cover basic legislation around this subject and the preservation of evidence, for all involved in the investigation including first responders and call takers.

The second level is targeting those who will be investigating cyber crime and is aimed at increasing their ability to understand and respond effectively. It includes input from victims, new videos, workbooks and how-to guides.

The programme will be available through the College Managed Learning Environment (MLE) system and forces can run supplementary classroom-based learning in addition to the required packages.

While we have been consulting with force leaders on our programmes and products, and will continue to do this through POLKA, any questions about this work can be directed to the MCCT2 team on MCCT@college.pnn.police.uk.

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