On 30th October, the RAND Corporation in the US published a paper that flows from a workshop that the RAND Corporation and the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) convened on behalf of the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) to bring together a diverse group of practitioners and researchers to identify the highest-priority problems and potential solutions related to evidence on the dark web.  Participants identified 46 potential solutions, or needs, which include improving training for law enforcement officers, sharing information across jurisdictions, and investigating the gaps and shortcomings in current laws related to searching packages.  Key findings were that improving training and information sharing will likely have the greatest impact, and there is a lack of knowledge about what the dark web is and how criminals leverage it.  The paper makes a number of recommendations to overcome the shortcomings identified.

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Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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