The policing landscape is changing fast. Traditional crimes, such as burglary and car theft are reducing, but there is a growing awareness of ‘invisible’ crimes that take place behind closed doors, such as domestic violence, child abuse and modern slavery. Plus the internet and mobile communications have given rise to new crimes that exist purely in cyberspace, and old crimes whose scale and impact is transformed by the internet and mobile communications.
To date, much of the focus on cyber has been biased towards security measures, information assurance and education - all designed to prevent attacks which compromise or damage the critical national infrastructure. Far less attention has been paid to helping the police deal with individual victims of cybercrimes, from bank fraud to online child sexual exploitation, or to catching those who commit those crimes.
Through our work across law enforcement, we are a seeing growing recognition of the importance of countering these threats, by developing the UK’s digital intelligence and investigation capabilities.
PA developed this survey in association with the National Analyst Working Group (NAWG) who represent analysts and researchers working in law enforcement agencies and police forces across the UK. Analysts and researchers are at the forefront of the response to cybercrime. Their role is to identify and analyse criminal threats so that policing activity and operations are targeted in the most effective and efficient way.
This survey provides an immensely valuable insight into the experience of those on the frontline. We are very grateful to the NAWG members who took part in our survey.
Our survey reveals that police intelligence analysts forecast the time they spend on cybercrime will treble over the next three years; and yet only 30% believe they have the skills and tools to do the job effectively.
"Three years ago cybercrime wasn't recognised as an issue, now we are beginning to recognise it but still can't respond effectively to it." UK Police Intelligence Analyst