The Government is investing £860 million over five years through the National Cyber Security Programme to respond to the threat posed by cyber and online crime.
Of this, approximately 10% is being invested in building law enforcement capabilities to tackle cyber crime. This has been used to build capability at the national, regional, and local level, including delivering training in cyber
crime to officers in local police forces.
The College of Policing has designed four e-learning modules on cyber crime, which give an introduction to cyber, digital and social media. Since they were rolled out in 2013, over 120,000 of these modules have been completed.
The College and police forces have also been delivering a classroom-based course to police investigators, which gives them the understanding of how to exploit intelligence and evidential opportunities offered by technology, social
networking and communications data.
The College of Policing is responsible for issuing guidance to the police on training and investigations. Guidance relating to how crimes should be recorded is covered by the Home Office Counting Rules.
In order to understand the scale of online offences the Home Office have introduced a voluntary ‘flag’ that enables forces to highlight online offences in police recorded crime. The flag is running on a voluntary basis for 2014/15
and will become mandatory in 2015/16. Initial guidance on how to apply the flag was issued to all forces in England and Wales in May 2014 as part of the Annual Data Requirement.