CEPOL launches SIRIUS e-Evidence Series in collaboration with Europol and Eurojust

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29 May 2020

More than half of all criminal investigations today include a cross-border request to access electronic evidence, such as texts, e-mails or messaging apps. As a response to the increasing need among law enforcement officers to access electronic evidence for internet-based investigations, CEPOL is launching in June the SIRIUS E-Evidence Series in collaboration with Europol and Eurojust, and within the frame of the SIRIUS project.

This training series will consist of six self-paced online learning sessions that will be gradually released throughout the month of June in LEEd, CEPOL’s new online learning platform. These high-quality trainings will help investigators cope with the complexity and the volume of information in a rapidly changing online environment, by providing them precise guidelines on specific Online Service Providers (OSPs) and Emergency Disclosure Requests.

The SIRIUS e-Evidence Series will also include specific training addressing common mistakes with direct requests for electronic evidence as well as the legal aspects of direct access, cross border production orders and international judicial cooperation. The efficiency of using Joint Investigation Teams (JITs) to gather exchange evidence, in particular in cybercrime cases, will be the focus of one of the last sessions planned.

This first session of the series, which will be delivered by EUROPOL experts, is expected to be available in LEEd next week (Cyber-related crimes)

*About SIRIUS project: SIRIUS is a secure web platform for law enforcement professionals, which allows them to share knowledge, best practices and expertise in the field of internet-facilitated crime investigations, with a special focus on counter-terrorism. It offers an innovative collaborative approach by providing investigators with a platform to quickly and efficiently exchange know-how, manuals and advice, as well as tools to help them analyse the information received by the different online service providers. The platform also addresses other challenges in criminal investigations, such as streamlining the requests to online service providers, and improving the quality of the responsive record. The project was launched in 2017 by Europol, and is managed in close partnership with Eurojust and the European Judicial Network.

Relevant links: SIRIUS EU Digital Evidence Situation Report 2019

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