CEPOL launches eLessons: a new digital training and learning resource available in LEEd

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22 November 2021

The EU Agency for Law Enforcement Training has released its first two eLessons, a new comprehensive digital training and learning resource designed to address emerging and current training needs of law enforcement officials.

The eLessons are compact and easy-to-follow, covering current topics presented engagingly with a focus on practical applicability. Users learn individually, at their own pace, and in an explorative way. Trainers can embed eLessons in their formal training – be it as a requirement in national curricula or as a pre-course activity for CEPOL trainings. Students will obtain certificates and badges upon successful completion of the corresponding online tests. The job-aids embedded in eLessons ensure that the learners will more easily transfer the knowledge and skills learned into their every-day practice.

All LEEd users can enrol to eLessons free of charge, without nomination by a CEPOL National Unit.

The following two eLessons are already available for law enforcement officials on CEPOL's eLearning platform LEEd:

 

Criminal use of social media

This eLesson consists of three topic chapters as well as a glossary of terms and abbreviations related to investigations on social media. Users can also check their levels of understanding by considering a selection of quiz questions. In more detail, the topic chapters are:

1. The phenomenon of social media: The widespread usage and other characteristics of social media that enable criminals to exploit it.

2. Categories of crimes in which social media are used: Common crimes that are committed or facilitated by social media include phishing, social engineering, social botnets, identity theft, gossip clickbait, trafficking of human beings, stalking and blackmailing, and frauds such as fake payments, rendezvous portals and auctions.

3. Awareness when using social media: Preventive measures and best practices that help protect users of social media from criminal activities, such as using strong passwords, being wary of privacy, being responsible, and using only official apps.

Study time: 60 minutes

ENROL on CEPOL's eLearning platform LEEd.

Watch this video to find out more about this eLesson.

 

Cyber-investigations in social media

This eLesson examines how law enforcement officers can use social media to investigate criminal activities. It is aimed at practitioner-level law enforcement officers specialised in cyber-investigations, and aims to enhance the officers’ investigation capacity in order to discover and obtain electronic evidence from social networks.

The e-lesson consists of three topic chapters as well as a glossary of terms and abbreviations related to investigations on social media. Users can also check their levels of understanding by considering a selection of quiz questions. In more detail, the topic chapters are:

1. Characteristics of social media: This chapter starts by summarising the important characteristics of using social media. It then looks at how law enforcement can benefit from using social media. This includes publicising the various police services provided to the community, engaging with the community, and enabling the public to support police activities.

2. Preparing the environment for cyber-investigations: This chapter explains how it is important, before starting a cyber-investigation on social media, to be digitally secure. The computer needs to be prepared, as a clean computer or virtual machine that is only used for cyber-investigations. It also requires having software which has not been compromised from previous activities. This chapter includes discussion of virtual machines, software updates, anti-malware software, system cleaners, virtual private networks, internet browsers and anonymous emails.

3. Searching for evidence in social networks: This chapter presents different methods and tools for gathering evidence in the three social networks used most by cyber-criminals: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For each of these social networks, it describes how to conduct searches for different types of content and how to download evidence from them.

Study time: 60 minutes

ENROL on CEPOL's eLearning platform LEEd.

 

Other eLessons currently under development:

  • Victims of terrorism
  • Anti-muslim hatred
  • Drugs trafficking
  • Carousel fraud
  • Countering illegal immigration
  • Extremism and radicalisation in Europe

 

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Contact

Office address

European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Training
1066 Budapest
Ó utca 27
Hungary

Correspondence address

European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Training
1903 Budapest
Pf.314
Hungary

Email address

Telephone: +36 1 803 8030/8031

Fax: +36 1 803 8032

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