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Police ‘don’t understand’ own cyber skills

Police forces are struggling to deal with cyber crime because they don’t understand the digital skills of their own officers, an annual police report suggests.

The annual PEEL report, the result of inspections of all 43 police forces in England and Wales, suggests there is a cyber skills gap within the police because forces are unable to recognise whether existing police officers have the experience needed to deal with incidences of online crime, IT Pro reports.

Forces are also unable to identify how to develop officers’ skills to tackle future cyber crime trends, which could leave the police unable to deal with large-scale cyber attacks, the report claims.

Report lead Mike Cunningham, Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary, said while some forces were embracing innovation, such an approach should be transferred across the entire service.

“I am pleased to find that the majority of forces understand the demand they are facing and have effective plans in place to meet that demand," Mr Cunningham said.

"There needs to be more focus on the future, on understanding new and different types of demand and on the skills that police forces will need to best deal with the new challenges, especially in growing areas such as cyber crime.”

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