Police spend over £1.3m on cybercrime training

UK police forces have spent over £1.3 million training officers and back office staff on the latest cybercrime skills, according to a new policy paper published by the Parliament Street think tank.

by News Reporter on 19 March 2018 20:17

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UK Police forces have spent over £1.3million on specialist cyber security training programmes for nearly 40,000 officers and staff, according to a new report from the Parliament Street think tank.

The new Policing and Cybercrime policy paper, launched today reveals that a total of 39,483 police staff and officers have undergone training across the UK, with many forces spending significant sums of money on specialist courses. The report comes amidst growing concern that Russia is planning to launch a cyber attack on UK critical national infrastructure, possibly against hospitals or power stations. 

North Wales Police had the highest listed spending with £375,488 on cybercrime training for officers and staff between 2015 and 2017.

This included a dedicated five day 'Main Stream Cyber Training' course for 147 key staff, totalling £160,000. There was also a one-day cyber-crime input course for all new Initial Police Learning and Development Programme (IPLDP) recruits for 183 officers which cost £29,900.

An additional £52,300 was spent on a similar course for 68 CID officers. West Mercia and Warwickshire Police submitted a joint response, totally £125,633, followed by Lincolnshire which stated it had spent £119,834.

This was followed by West Midlands Police on £91,200 and Police Scotland on £83,121. 

Commenting on the research, Sheila Flavell, COO, FDM Group, the global professional services provider with a focus on IT, said, “With cybercrime on the rise, it’s clear that all organisations are urgently seeking to recruit, train and equip staff with the latest security expertise and cyber skills. Whether it’s online courses or specialist programmes, it’s encouraging to see forces taking steps to improve IT skills of serving officers and staff.”

These skills aren’t only vital for modern policing, they are essential to support and protect businesses across the country. That’s why so much more needs to be done to address the UK’s chronic skills crisis, to ensure we have the highly skilled workers to protect companies and the public from malicious online attacks,” Flavell concluded.

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