Virtual lessons in forensic crime analysis

A new, online special topics course being offered by Simon Fraser University’s School of Criminology in Vancouver, Canada will give students the chance to hone high-level crime investigation skills by accessing a virtual forensic criminal intelligence analysis lab.

SFU is the first university in North America to build and offer a virtual forensic analysis lab, which includes access to industry standard software and tools such as ESRI ArcMap Crime Analyst and IBM i2 Analyst Notebook, and a number of tools previously reserved for law enforcement and intelligence agency personnel only.

Working together with SFU criminology professor Curt Griffiths, Ryan Prox, a special constable with the Vancouver Police Department and an SFU instructor, will teach Crim 417, Introduction to Crime and Intelligence Analysis: Theory and Practice through SFU’s Centre for Online and Distance Education (CODE). Students enrolled in the special topics criminology course can log in to the lab and use the highly specialized forensic analysis tools online.

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The EU and IFRC launch the Disaster Resilience Journal

The EU and the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC) have teamed up to launch a campaign on effective disaster preparedness measures. Entitled the Disaster Resilience Journal, it is an interactive web platform full of stories from individuals and communities recovering from devastating disasters. Throughout October, the Journal will be updated daily and will ultimately be comprised of 42 short articles, available in 11 languages. The articles can take a variety of forms, including photo or video essays, interviews, games, or quizzes. Each of them will aim to educate about resilience through example and illustration.

The Journal continues to invite stories on disaster resilience from the public.

Read the currently available stories here.

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More police departments adopt predictive policing

More police departments have adopted data analytics as a way to combat urban crime. Supporters of the approach, also referred to as predictive policing, say that if it is used in conjunction with existing policing techniques, such as community policing, it could have a drastic impact on crime. Some note, however, that the predictive policing methodology is more useful for its general tactical utility rather than the accuracy of its predictions.

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European banks and Europol join forces to fight cybercrime

The European Banking Federation (EBF) and Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which paves the way for intensifying cooperation between law enforcement and the financial sector in the EU.

With the increasing ‘cyberisation’ of crime affecting the financial sector, closer cooperation between the EBF and EC3 is expected to have positive results in preventing and fighting the crimes of tomorrow, including increasingly sophisticated phishing techniques and the spreading of a multitude of banking malware variations/permutations. Both organisations facilitate the connection of essential partners: the EBF links leading financial institutions together and EC3 links cybercrime divisions of police forces in the EU Member States.

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Expert international cybercrime taskforce is launched to tackle online crime

In september the Joint Cybercrime Action Taskforce (J-CAT) is launched to further strengthen the fight against cybercrime in the European Union and beyond. Hosted at the European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) at Europol, the J-CAT, which is being piloted for six months, will coordinate international investigations with partners working side-by-side to take action against key cybercrime threats and top targets, such as underground forums and malware, including banking Trojans. The J-CAT will be led by Andy Archibald, Deputy Director of the National Cyber Crime Unit from the UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA).

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