Australian and British police to share their DNA databases

Australian and British police will access each others biological databases to investigate major crimes such as murder, rape and terrorism. The deal the first in which Australia will systematically open up DNA and biometric records to foreign law enforcement might be extended over time to a network including Canadian and US police.

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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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Biggest ever cyber security exercise in Europe

More than 200 organisations and 400 cyber-security professionals from 29 European countries tested their readiness to counter cyber-attacks in a day-long simulation, organised by the European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA). In Cyber Europe 2014 experts from the public and private sectors including cyber security agencies, national Computer Emergency Response Teams, ministries, telecoms companies, energy companies, financial institutions and internet service providers are testing their procedures and capabilities against in a life-like, large-scale cyber-security scenario.

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London police trial gang violence ‘predicting’ software

Police in London have tested software designed to identify which gang members are most likely to commit violent crimes. The 20-week pilot study is thought to have been the first of its kind in the UK, although similar experiments have been carried out elsewhere. It used five years worth of historic data, but the idea would be to analyse up-to-date details if it is deployed.

Read more at the BBC

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