Needs assessment of cybercrime evidence in a UK police force

Z. Cliffe Schreuders, Tom Cockcroft, Emlyn Butterfield, John Elliott, Ahmad Ryad Soobhany, Mohammad Shan-A-Khuda

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Cybercrime has recently surpassed, in terms of volume, all other forms of crime in the United Kingdom, and has been acknowledged as a national priority. The purpose of this research is to analyse the police cybcr-invcstigation lifccyclc: from the experience of the public when reporting cybercrime to call takers, through to the attending officers, ofEcer(s) in charge, and the many units and roles involved in supporting cybercrime investigations. A large-scale needs assessment was conducted within one of the largest police forces in-England and Wales, involving focus groups and interviews with police staff and strategic leads across key units and roles. The results of the needs assessment document the state of policing cybercrime in a UK police force, along with the improvements and needs that exist across the force and in specific units and roles. In total, 125 needs were identified and further coded based on a thematic analysis. Due to the nature of the findings, it is likely that some of these identified areas may parallel other police organisations' experiences at national and international levels.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)316-340
Number of pages25
JournalInternational Journal of Cyber Criminology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2020


  • Digital forensics
  • Needs assessment
  • Police roles
  • Policing cybercrime


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