Infosec professionals may join crime-busters

Ilett, Dan
August 2004
SC Magazine: For IT Security Professionals (UK Edition);Aug2004, p8
This article reports on the possible inclusion of information security professionals in the British police force as budgets for police training have been cut. A pilot programme by the Home Office will test the possibility of setting up a reserve force of information security experts to help in investigations. It is expected that they will operate much in the same way as Police Specials, but will focus on information technology crime. This comes after the Home Office received encouraging feedback about a paper from Police Reform called Building Safer Communities, which suggests that volunteers from business and community could apply their specialist skills in helping the police. The move comes at a time when the Central Police Training and Development Authority (Centrex), which also teaches high-tech crime policing, reported that its annual budget has been cut to £74.8 million. A Centrex spokeswoman said that in order to balance the budget, it is necessary for the group to realise significant efficiency gains and cost reductions. With regard to high technology crime training, some changes have been made in terms of staffing levels. The combination of factors means Centrex faces funding pressures of around £24 million or approximately 30 percent.


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