In support of the Force’s Strategic Direction of “Embracing the use of technology for policing in the digital age”, the Cyber Security and Technology Crime Bureau (CSTCB) has initiated “Project DIVERSE”, with a view to boosting the digital investigation capability of crime officers.
By providing suitable hardware, software and training, frontline officers will grasp hold of the relevant skill sets of online evidence preservation, thus enabling them to efficiently preserve volatile information that may be edited or deleted by the publisher at any time. Given that more and more videos and images are being uploaded on the Internet which may have evidential value for case investigation, this project can also enhance the operational flexibility of frontline units.
CSTCB launched a pilot scheme between September and November 2020 at crime units of the Police Headquarters, with 41 trainers and 319 operators trained for this project. Overwhelming with positive feedback, the project is being implemented force-wide with roadshows conducted for the management of all Regional and District crime units in January 2021.
In mid-February 2021, the Cyber Training Section of the CSTCB conducted three sessions of the “Train-the-Trainer Open Source Image and Video Preservation Course” with at least three crime officers trained up as trainers for each formation. Those qualified trainers will take up the responsibility of peer-to-peer knowledge transfer of the relevant skill sets to their respective formation crime officers as operators.
CSTCB has planned to incorporate the project into Standard Criminal Investigation Course in the second quarter of 2021 to equip newly recruited crime officers to meet the policing needs in the digital age.