Examine the role of local law enforcement as first responders and their current capabilities

Explore the need for specialized law enforcement units and trained officers to investigate cybercrime

Assess the levels and causes of burnout and fatigue in digital forensic examiners

Explore ways to improve inter-agency cooperation in investigating and preventing cybercrimes

Discuss the fundamental obstacles that hinder transnational criminal investigations

Compare and contrast cybercrime with cyberwar and understand the governmental response implications

Provide qualitative and quantitative research ideas to further our knowledge of how we police cybercrime

Though the literature on cybercrime victimization and offending has increased (see Chapter 3), it may surprise some to learn that scholarly research on policing cybercrime has languished. There have been generally few studies of either police management or line officers regarding their views on cybercrime, and those that have been conducted are relatively limited in their generalizability. The bulk of the literature consists primarily of discussions on either the role of law enforcement in responding to cyber offenses or their inability to respond (e.g. Brenner, 2008; Goodman, 1997; Wall, 2001; Wall & Williams, 2013). As such, police perceptions of cybercrime, their experiences, and their insights on how best to respond may be some of the least studied but most essentially needed areas of scholarship.