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Starting a Law Enforcement Agency-Based Cybercrime Unit

Tuesday, July 24, 2018  
Posted by: Tyler Few
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Work on cyber-related crime is new territory for many law enforcement agencies and, as such, finding reliable resources to assist departments through investigations can be challenging. Fortunately, more resources are coming available to fill this gap. 

The Law Enforcement Cyber Center (LECC) supports agencies investigating and preventing crimes involving electronic devices and components, to include digital forensics and information security. It is a collaborative project between several national organizations and is funded through the Bureau of Justice Affairs.

The LECC provides links to training, updated information on cyber threats, investigative resources, a directory of cybercrime labs and instructions on incident reporting. These resources make cyber topics easily available, even for someone new to the topic. 

For those departments considering developing a specialty team, the Police Executive Research Forum offers "Starting a Cybercrime Unit: Key Considerations for Police Chiefs" (PDF, 491 KB). This document concisely covers needs assessment and scope, training and staffing needs, interagency partnerships, and funding and budgetary issues to address.

The report provides examples of things to consider in each step and suggestions of places to find free or inexpensive training. This report is a good initial step in deciding if a cybercrime unit is the right move for your department. 

(Source: LECC)


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