College of Policing launches Interactive resource to support digital investigations


The College of Policing has launched a new interactive online resource to help new and serving officers, police staff and volunteers acquire key digital skills they need to undertake investigations effectively.

Operation Modify consists of ten episodes regularly released through the College's learning platform They follow the events from the beginning of an initial incident to show how to identify sources of digital evidence and respond to digital opportunities. The first four episodes are available now.


Episode four of Operation Modify, 'CCTV and ANPR', shows how to establish the evidential value and limitations of CCTV, as well as the best-practice protocols surrounding CCTV seizure and access.

Officers can learn how to collect and store CCTV security and surveillance footage correctly, finding out how to explain the legislative and procedural considerations prior to CCTV retrieval. They will also get an understanding of the different purposes of CCTV and ANPR and the added value of ANPR to an investigation.


The third episode of Operation Modify, 'Core Digital Data Collection' explains how to search for social media evidence effectively, corroborate digital evidence from different sources, maintain the integrity of captured media and equips you with the best practice for witness submission of images, video and audio as evidence.

The second episode, 'Digital Scene Management', shows how to secure and handle any devices needed for investigation and how to ensure that evidence is not corrupted, lost or deleted.

Episode one, 'Digital Media: Internet of Things', shows how to give basic digital advice and how to identify which smart devices could be discovered.

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