Title

An Examination of English and Welsh Constables’ Perceptions of the Seriousness and Frequency of Online Incidents

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

3-15-2018

Publication Title

Policing and Society

DOI

10.1080/10439463.2018.1450409

Abstract

This study examines the perceptions of police constables and sergeants across England and Wales regarding the nature of cybercrimes, their frequency, and any time spent investigating these offences each week. Though previous research has examined line officer views and police management in the US, there is limited research examining how constables view online crimes as they are being directed to address them through national policy, and through local demands from the citizens they serve. The results demonstrated that constables engaged with online offences in the field, though they differ on the nature of online crimes and their impact on the general public. They also viewed online crimes as frequent problems, though they spend a relatively small proportion of their time each week responding to these cases.

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