2000 investigators undergo College training on cyber crime

‚ÄčThe College is leading a rollout of cyber crime training for more than 2,000 investigators in England and Wales.

The project will see 2,000 existing detectives and investigators trained between now and April 2015 in new training packages developed by us to help tackle online crime.

Cyber crime is costing the UK economy billions annually. As people live more of their lives online, they can become more vulnerable to the threats.

The National Crime Agency said organised crime has been quick to take advantage of the opportunities offered by the internet. It said there are two key cyber threats facing the UK: to cause significant financial loss to citizens, businesses and government; and to penetrate or disrupt computer networks of UK public and private sector organisations to cause reputational damage, significant distress and risk to life or security.

A further 3,000 investigators are likely to be trained next year when new-to-role detectives take up the course.

College of Policing Head of Investigative Training, Andy Kay, said:

"Cyber crime is a challenge for police as it introduces new types of crime and is enabling existing crime, such as fraud and child abuse, to be committed on a global scale."

The training includes various aspects of cyber crime, including fraud, hacking, cyber stalking and ransom ware - a malicious software that threatens the user, usually for money or data.

It will bring investigators up to speed with technology and show them how to interrogate certain technologies to obtain evidence.

The two-year project started in 2013 when we developed the courses and then trained the trainers to deliver it across the country.

Mr Kay added: "We want police forces to have the capability to investigate and disrupt cyber crime and we are doing it by developing training for investigators to bring offenders to justice, even if they are based outside the UK.

"We want to ensure the standards we set allow investigators to respond to incidents ranging from abuse on social media through to specialist techniques of cyber investigation."

Last month the Government said it was looking to expand regional cyber operations, with the aim that every Regional Organised Crime Unit outside London will have a dedicated cyber unit, building on three existing units. The Metropolitan Police is also enhancing its local cyber capability.

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