Crime is evolving rapidly, creating new challenges for law enforcement agencies. By using computers, communications platforms, and other technologies, criminals commit crimes that were unheard of a decade or two ago, while also finding different ways to commit traditional crimes. For law enforcement agencies to keep up in this new environment, they must change their approach to criminal investigations. Physical evidence and witness statements are no longer sufficient in many cases. Investigators need to know how to access and secure data from mobile devices, social media, the dark web, and other devices that store digital evidence. Agencies need to know how to put those investigative pieces together, often through greater cooperation among federal, state, local, and even international agencies.
During the webinar, researchers from the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) will discuss the impact of computers and other technologies on the nature of crime, as well as explain how technology changes investigations for law enforcement. The discussion will draw upon findings from PERF’s January 2018 report, New National Commitment Required: The Changing Nature of Crime and Criminal Investigations. Participants will learn about the various training, tools, and resources that can help law enforcement agencies address the changing nature of crime and investigate new types of crime.
Webinar presenters will include:
- Kevin Morison, Chief Operations Officer, PERF.
- Madeline Sloan, Research Associate, PERF.
The Bureau of Justice Assistance National Training and Technical Assistance Center is hosting this webinar.