Digital Policing Foundation Level Part 1

This learning programme will help explain the use and misuse of devices, software and apps and how they feature in the policing landscape. It is appropriate for new recruits as well as experienced officers and staff who wish to update their knowledge.

The programme's aim is to ensure that all staff are:

  • confident facing situations where there is a digital element
  • competent in identifying and carrying out the actions required by those circumstances
  • able to ensure they are compliant in their actions

Level 1 includes an introduction to the criminal use of technology and devices, the involvement and use of social media and the opportunities of the internet in relation to intelligence and investigations. The learning also considers officer safety implications and the concept of digital hygiene.

The programme is made up of eight required and four optional bite-sized modules, hosted on the College's learning environment.

You can access the programme here from a police secure device.

You can access the programme here from a personal device.

Required modules

Your digital world – Part 1
This video takes a look around a home and identifies everyday digital devices and services. We recommend that this module is used by a supervisor with support from a Digital Media Investigator to brief officers and staff.

Your digital world – Part 2
This video takes a look around the home and vehicle of a victim or suspect to see what evidence may be accessible from devices and systems. We recommend that this module is used by a supervisor with support from a Digital Media Investigator to brief officers and staff.

The digital response
The e-learning looks at applying a digital investigative mind-set when at an incident, from the initial call to arriving at a crime scene. It provides advice on capturing online content and giving security advice, adopting good digital hygiene practices, searching a digital scene, and also recording and collating devices.

Sex, lies and video sharing
In this podcast you will hear from victims of sexting, revenge porn, cyberbullying, child sexual exploitation, stalking and harassment. Our panel of police experts then discuss what the offences are, who might be vulnerable to becoming involved and how we, the police, deal with incidents.

Pinching the online pennies
In this podcast you will hear from victims of online fraud, cybercrimes and financial crimes.  Our panel of police experts then discuss what the offences are, who might be vulnerable to becoming involved and how we deal with incidents.

Hacking and hate
In this podcast you will hear about online radicalisation and hate crime. You will also hear from a perpetrator of cyberterrorism and hacking. Our panel of police experts then discuss what the offences are, who might be vulnerable to becoming involved and how we deal with incidents.

Keeping yourself and your organisation safe online
This is a printable infographic that shows 10 key points for keeping yourself and your organisation safe from online and cyber threats.

Digital Policing Foundation Level 1 assessment
Answering the questions in this module will test your knowledge and, if you achieve 80% or more, you can download a certificate for your records.

You can access the programme here from a police secure device.

You can access the programme here from a personal device.

Optional modules

Digital media investigator – Managing the digital mountain
In this animation you will see an overview of Digital Media Investigator capabilities in assisting in investigations and creating strategies for collecting digital evidence.

Digital media investigator – Unlocking the digital mountain
This animation explains the National Senior Investigating Officer Digital Investigation Strategy Template and how DMIs can provide support.

Digital Policing – Internet facilitated crimes
This PDF document supports the audio modules 'Sex, lies and video sharing', 'Pinching the online pennies' and 'Hacking and hate'. It covers the key points relating to internet-facilitated crime in a written format.

Digital policing glossary (online and downloadable PDF)
The glossary provides definitions of terms you may come across in investigating internet-facilitated crimes.

You can access the programme here from a police secure device.

You can access the programme here from a personal device


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