Cybercrime 'not classed as proper police work'

The extent to which cybercrime as a category of criminal activity is taken as seriously as it should be by law enforcement agencies has been addressed by a report from the University of Leicester.

In a new report entitled ‘Public Policing and Internet Crime’, Professor Yvonne Jewkes assesses the police’s ability and willingness to investigate cybercrime, and highlights problems of cooperation and law enforcement across geographical boundaries and legal jurisdictions.

“Early optimism and idealism have given way to a darker, even dystopian prognoses, with the Internet serving as a leitmotif for many and varied problems, dangers, risks and threats,” Professor Jewkes says. “There is resistance among individual police officers who do not see cybercrime as ‘proper’ police work, and inadequate resources to make an impact.

Jewkes adds: “Some policing initiatives set up to investigate cybercrime have already failed and been dissolved, but others are showing more signs of success.”

Her report is featured as a chapter in a recently-published edited collection, the ‘Handbook of Internet Crime’ (Willan Publishing), which Professor Jewkes co-edited alongside Majid Yar, Professor of Sociology at the University of Hull.

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