Digital Intelligence and Investigation

Two major reports have highlighted the need to develop digital investigation and intelligence capabilities.


Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) identified areas for improvement in its December 2015 report 'Real lives, real crimes', including:

  • showing that the police service takes digital crime and its impact seriously

  • better tailored support and advice for victims of digital crime

  • better awareness of how to investigate digital crime and the evidence required to support such an investigation

  • a more consistent and coordinated police response within and across force boundaries

The National Police Chiefs' Council (NPCC) 'Policing Vision 2025' was launched in 2016, stating the need to be:

"Developing digital investigation and intelligence capabilities to improve our understanding of the digital footprint to counter internet facilitated, cyber enabled and cyber dependent criminality."

In response, the College is developing the Digital Policing Learning Programme. 

The learning programme has been developed with key stakeholders across the digital policing landscape including Digital Intelligence and Investigation, Digital Forensics, Digital Media and Cyber Crime.

We've hosted a series of national practitioner focus groups, interviews and workshops to evolve the curriculum and content. This has resulted in the Digital Policing Foundation Level 1 learning programme.

The Digital Intelligence and Investigation Project

The College of Policing has been awarded funding for 2020/21 to create learning materials that will support new and existing officers and staff. These materials will focus on developing understanding and responses to crimes with a digital element.

The project brings together a team of experts with backgrounds in both technology and policing. They will identify what frontline police officers and staff need to know, and turn those concepts into digital learning products. A collaboration of our own developers and external companies will then create these digital products. These products will be made available as soon as possible to ensure the information is up to date and relevant.

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