What steps should a law enforcement agency take to start a computer crime unit?
This is a good question. As you know the new types of crime are now computer based. In light of this, law enforcement needs to take these issues more seriously. Here are some suggestions.
First, law enforcement needs to learn about the mind of the criminal or computer hacker. In other words, they need to be students of computer and internet crimes. Too many law enforcement agents are not trained in this area. Moreover, computer based crimes develop almost on a daily basis.
Second, law enforcement agents need to hire people who specialize in this area. Or in the least, they need consultants who will guide them. At this point, they can go on the offensive. For this to take place, they will need to get funds to have their programs.
Finally, they need to also invest in protecting people as well. Anti-virus and things like this will be helpful.