Digital crime and policing
Victims of crime should expect swift action and good quality advice from the police, regardless of where the offending took place. This could be in the street, in their homes, or – increasingly – over the internet. In 2015, HMIC therefore worked with the Home Office, the College of Policing, academics and police forces on a study to help build our understanding of victims’ experiences of digital crime, and of the police response to it.
The findings will inform future HMIC inspections. We hope that it will also help chief constables and the College of Policing to provide guidance to forces, so that victims of these crimes get the best possible service.
HMIC is particularly grateful to those volunteer forces that engaged with this piece of work, their participation has helped us better to understand the effect that digital technology is having on crime and policing and we hope that it will also help chief constables and the College of Policing to provide guidance and good practice to forces so that victims of these crimes get the best possible service.