Digital Intelligence and Investigation

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 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 Digital Intelligence and Investigation (DII) project – previously a programme under the Digital Policing Portfolio (DPP) – now sits under the College. It has been refined to focus specifically on developing digital skills for the 20k Uplift and other frontline roles.

It will deliver operationally focused learning products that will help everyone in policing, including those new to the organisation, to help develop understanding and responses to crimes with a digital element.

A team of experts with backgrounds in the digital intelligence and investigation aspects of policing will work with frontline police officers and staff to identify what they need to know, and turn those concepts into digital learning episodes. A collaboration of our own developers and external companies will then create these digital products.

Using information from a previous project, we have been able to identify a top 10 of the most common digital related issues that officers encounter. We now want to ask as wide a group of frontline officers and staff as possible, if our top 10 reflects your experience and is relevant to your work. By completing the 10–15 minute anonymised survey, you will be helping us make sure that we will deliver useful information that will help you do your job.

To help us keep up the momentum of the project, it will be much appreciated if you can complete the survey by 28 August 2020.

Background

Two major reports have highlighted the need to develop DII 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 that the development of digital investigation and intelligence capabilities would "improve our understanding of the digital footprint to counter internet facilitated, cyber enabled and cyber dependent criminality."

In response, the College has already developed the Digital Policing Learning Programme with key stakeholders across the digital policing landscape. We've hosted a series of national practitioner focus groups, interviews and workshops under the DPP to evolve the curriculum and content. This has resulted in the Digital Policing Foundation Level 1 learning programme.

DII project workstreams

The project focuses on delivering, operationally focused, 'bite sized' learning products that will help everyone in policing, including those new to the organisation, to help develop understanding and responses to crimes with a digital element.

Capability improvement hub

The Capability improvement hub is a scanning function with an outreach team that will work closely with forces, specific NPCC areas, the National Crime Agency and other experts to understand the current challenges and opportunities in the DII environment. Its role will be to:

  • provide insight into what frontline policing needs to meet the challenge of the digital world
  • ensure that policing has the continual ability to assess and improve its DII capability in a nationally coherent and consistent way
  • scan the digital environment to identify emerging strategic and operational challenges and opportunities for policing
  • interact with subject matter experts from academia, policing and law enforcement agencies, at home and abroad
  • work in close collaboration with the digital learning and knowledge base to turn identified challenges and opportunities into bite-sized products to support delivery of digital intelligence and investigation services to the public
  • report to the College on strategic issues that may require a response by the College and/or other bodies such as the NPCC

Digital learning and knowledge base

The Digital learning and knowledge base turns the insights from the Capability improvement hub into products that forces can then use to upskill new recruits and those already in policing.

Digital learning will:

  • design and deliver learning products to provide a nationally consistent, sustainable and tiered learning programme to enhance digital skills in frontline and core policing in England and Wales
  • enable content to be produced for general awareness and to also produce more bespoke learning standards, content and products for new entrants as well as the existing workforce
  • develop the learning programme with key stakeholders across the digital policing landscape including Digital Intelligence and Investigation, Digital Forensics, Digital Media and Cyber Crime

The knowledge base will:

  • provide easily accessible reference material (like a wiki), ideally at the 'point of need'
  • enable the front line to use the content to identify digital investigation opportunities and to assist victims and witnesses with their personal digital safety

As a whole, the role of the Digital learning and knowledge base will be to:

  • develop the digital curriculum based on a 'tradecraft approach' identifying skills most useful in the operational environment
  • develop and deliver events across the regions
  • create online resources and products to be made available via the Managed Learning Environment and Knowledge Hub
  • explore the best means to make information available to responders and police staff at point of need

Digital skills framework

The digital skills framework is a developing area that identifies skills vital to all frontline officers as well as pinpointing more specific skills for specialised roles. Its role will be to:

  • support all policing to identify the most relevant digital skills they require for their particular function or role
  • assist supervisors with setting professional development review objectives and supporting continuing professional development
  • help organisational change, understanding what skills are required across the different capabilities
  • link in with other national projects and local initiatives to develop national best practice

 

To contact the project team or find out more information, email DII@College.pnn.police.uk

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