Cybercrime and the Police

Wouter Stol en J. Jansen (redactie) 9789462360693 | 1e druk, 2013


This publication has been prepared on the occasion of the sixtieth (60th) anniversary of IPA Section the Netherlands, the Dutch branch of the International Police Association. It focuses on a range of studies centrally related to crime in a digitized society. The volume concentrates on policing and fighting crimes in a digital era. It provides several options and recommendations for implementing strategies that will allow the Dutch police to adapt to the quick changes in this field. The book provides an overall view of outcomes of recent cybercrime studies in the Netherlands and their implications for (inter)national police organisations. It is aimed primarily at the members of the IPA, but may also provide useful information for Police Academy students and police personnel who are involved in tackling cybercrime.

There is an increase of digital (ICT) components in traditional crimes. Hacking is now one of the top crimes in the Netherlands.The studies in this volume suggest that it is wise to enhance public private partnership, expand international collaboration and invest in police education. It is important to note that the digitization is never complete. The police is advised to closely examine and readjust their strategy where needed and take into account a change in police clientele. Although this volume provides some answers, new questions also emerge. More research is needed to grasp what is happening in this fast-changing digital world.

The IPA provides a large international network that is suitable for the exchange of knowledge, working methods and best practices. Internet makes our world smaller and the playing field of criminals much larger. Cybercrime is a global phenomenon. This book contributes to the police profession on a topic that is of great importance.




W. Ph. (Wouter) Stol is professor of police studies at the Open University of the Netherlands, and chairholder for cyber safety at NHL University of Applied Sciences and the Dutch Police Academy (the Netherlands).

J. (Jurjen) Jansen is researcher at the Cyber Safety Research Group of NHL University of Applied Sciences and the Dutch Police Academy (the Netherlands).


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