Police detectives to get Facebook training

Part of an training overall designed to reflect modern developments
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Part of an training overall designed to reflect modern developments

British police detectives are set to receive training on social networking websites such as Facebook in order to catch killers that use the site.

The BBC reported that the National Policing Improvement Agency is looking to update training given to officers in order to better prepare them for modern web-based challenges. The case of the murder of Marvin Henry has highlighted the necessity of the training with police examine posts made on Facebook around the time of his murder.

"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,” said NPIA head Deputy Chief Constable Nick Gargan. "These improvements are exactly what detectives need to tackle the challenges and complexities of modern policing effectively."

Every year around 3,500 detectives take part in development training by the NPIA and the new course will also focus on “honour-based” crimes and contain training content designed to recognise post traumatic stress in members of the public the police have occasion to interview.

A new national database of footprint records will also be covered in the training.