The National Police Improvement Agency has announced that it will begin training detectives in how to use social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter to gain useful evidence.
Acting head of the NPIA, Nick Gargan said, “This programme is a vital part of the career pathway for detectives and the new training covers sensitive areas of policing where limited guidance existed previously. These improvements are exactly what detectives need to tackle the challenges and complexities of modern policing effectively.”
It is estimated that around 3500 detectives will take part in the program throughout the time span of a year.
Over the past few months, law enforcement have found social networking sites to come in useful. For example, the Vicky Couchman case, in which she went missing. Her father was updating her social network site and was then arrested for her murder.