The Internet and Law Enforcement Challenges

The Internet and Law Enforcement Challenges

The Internet has been in widespread use for less than 20 years. Its use, however, is now commonplace in the U.S.—in business, education, and law enforcement. While the widespread use of the Internet has made life much easier in many ways, it has also made committing crimes easier. Criminals have developed a variety of subtle and sophisticated ways to use the Internet to locate and lure victims. Complex issues, such as identify theft and child pornography, have posed significant law enforcement challenges. In this Discussion, you explore a variety of law enforcement challenges that have arisen due to the widespread use of the Internet to commit crimes.

To prepare for this Assignment:

Review Chapter 14 of the course text, Policing America: Challenges and Best Practices. Focus on how technology continues to influence the manner in which the police respond to various threats.

Review the articles, “Virtual Neighborhood Watch: Open Source Software and Community Policing against Cybercrime” and “Defining Child Pornography: Law Enforcement Dilemmas in Investigations of Internet Child Pornography Possession.” Consider the different problems presented by two Internet crimes—child pornography and identity theft.


Review the article “Terror in Cyberspace.” Pay attention to specific threats that could arise as Internet access becomes more and more readily available.


Review the article “Policing Cybercrimes: Situating the Public Police in Networks of Security Within Cyberspace.” Focus on the challenges that cybercrimes pose for the police.


Review the video, “Tracking Internet Fraud Complaints.” Focus on how IC3 is currently addressing Internet crime complaints.


Select two law enforcement challenges related to Internet crimes.


Think about how each of the challenges you selected can be addressed.


With these thoughts in mind:

Post by Thursday October 06, 2016 a 350 word description of at least two law enforcement challenges related to Internet crimes. Then explain how each challenge might be best addressed. Be specific.


Support your work with proper APA citations from the Learning Resources and any other sources

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