Posted on 12th July 2018
Six of our Police Community Support Officers from across Derbyshire are taking part in a course which will see them take an extra step towards becoming ‘Digital Champions’.
It’s as our officers embark on a number of training sessions to equip them with the knowledge to help residents protect themselves from online crime.
Once trained the officers, who are based in Staveley, Dronfield, Chesterfield, Alfreton and Matlock, will be able to pass on their cyber security knowledge to members of their community, and colleagues as part of a bid to ensure people are safe online as well as offline.
They will join two other PCSOs in the High Peak who are already using the training as part of their roles.
As well as in-house digital safety and security inputs, they are set to start a course which will see them become ‘CEOP Ambassadors’, a programme offered by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre.
It means they are able act as a point of contact for other officers in Derbyshire for advice over online crimes involving children and young people.
Inspector Steve Johnson, who is the lead on community safety for North Division, said: “The CEOP Ambassador course is will boost officers knowledge around Child Exploitation and Online Protection and reporting, the way in which children and young people use the internet, social media, how to deal with incidents of so called ‘sexting’ and how to deliver education to prevent online sexual abuse and exploitation.
“The internet, social media and other online technologies play a big part in our lives, and we hope that our Police Community Support Officers, as Digital Champions, will be able to help people stay safe online as well as in the real world.”
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