Law enforcement must evolve to meet the threats posed by digital crime
Her Majesty's inspectorate of Constabulary report on the effect digital technology is having on crime and policing to ensure victims of these crimes get the best possible service.
National Police Chiefs’ Council lead on Digital Intelligence and Investigations, Chief Constable Stephen Kavanagh said:
“The scale of cyber-crime in the UK continues to grow and law enforcement must evolve to meet the threats posed by digital crime. The NPCC, College of Policing, Home Office and the National Crime Agency are working in a multi-agency group to make sure that every officer has the skills, knowledge and access to technology to carry out digital investigation.
“Considerable efforts and resources have been allocated to protect vulnerable people but more still needs to be done. Child abuse offenders are increasingly collecting more and more images on a variety of devices enabled by the internet. To combat this we will continue to work with partners in the criminal justice system to streamline the process, whilst not jeopardising investigations.
“We will be allocating funding and resources for digital investigation which will be invested to build the skills, knowledge and capabilities needed to protect all members of the public, including the most vulnerable, from harm.”