Revised cybercrime training for police

Training to tackle crime and the dark side of the internet

​Thousands of investigators across England and Wales will be able to access up-to-date help in investigating the ‘dark web’, working with victims of cyber crime and tackling online fraud, when a revised training course goes live later this month. 

The Mainstreaming Cyber Crime Training course equips officers and staff to fight cyber crime, now one of the most significant threats to the UK, as criminals use the internet and digital devices to commit offences ranging from online fraud to the trade of child abuse images.

Cyber crime is one of the most significant threats to the UK and criminals are using the internet and digital devices to commit offences ranging from online fraud to the trade of child abuse images.

The Mainstreaming Cyber Crime Training course was first released last year and since then almost 5,000 people have undertaken the training.

It has now been redeveloped with the National Cyber Crime Training and Development Working Group, who are a national oversight board led the National Lead for Cyber Crime Training, Assistant Chief Constable Richard Berry.

To be released on 30 September 2015, the new materials consist of two self-teach courses called ‘Cyber Awareness’ - for all staff - and ‘Cyber for Investigators’, for officers and staff carrying out investigations and anyone else the force decides should undertake it.

Inspector Alan Hodge, who is leading the training at the College of Policing, said:

“The internet is now in most of our homes and while it is a great convenience for us, it also comes with a darker side and these materials and ‘how to’ investigate guides and videos will help staff to raise their awareness of investigative capability and signpost them to experts who can help further.

“Criminals are becoming more sophisticated and moving their operations online and it is important that we give officers and staff the best training, using an evidence base, to protect the public.”

Training courses

If you are an officer or member of police staff and have previously done this course, you may wish to complete this material as it has been updated. Although this is not compulsory at this stage, there will be decisions made on the need for continuous professional development in this subject soon.

The courses are supported by the National Policing Curriculum, which sets the national standar​​​ds for learning and development within the police service.

Cyber awareness

Designed for officers and staff who may have some involvement in mainstream cyber crime and digital crime reporting and investigation.

Subjects covered include:

  • the identification of a cyber crime
  • preservation of evidence
  • basic legislation
  • how to escalate reports.

Cyber for investigators

Designed for officers and staff who will be investigating cyber and digital crime, to increase the ability of investigators to understand and respond to cyber crime.

Subjects covered:

  • managing Victims of Cyber Crime
  • initial steps in an Investigation
  • open Source Material
  • using Internet Protocol (IP) addresses for investigative purposes
  • investigative Opportunities of the Dark Web (TOR)
  • securing electronic evidence for an investigation
  • seizure of Devices
  • online fraud
  • case file preparation for Digital Evidence

Officers and staff can access the courses through the Managed Learning Environment.
Those in policing who have questions about the courses can email

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