Indian Police Train Officers On Cryptocurrency

The high command of the police in India is poised to keep abreast of the blockchain technology and its most common application – cryptocurrency. Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy has introduced a new course to educate high ranking officers on cryptocurrency.

The training starts with a five-day course is titled “Advance Course on Cyber Crime, Dark Web & Investigation of Cryptocurrencies” is scheduled to take place on Dec. 16-20. Participants would be members of the Indian Police Service (IPS) from the rank of Additional Superintendent of Police to Inspector General of Police.

Investigating Crypto-Related Crimes

The upcoming training takes the place of “Investigation of Cases Involving Cryptocurrencies” previously scheduled for September but was cancelled. The cancellation of the course that would have held for two days was due to administrative reasons.

The release stated that it has been merged with ‘Advance Cyber Crime investigation’ scheduled to be held from 16th to 20th December 2019” now renamed “Advance Course on Cyber Crime, Dark Web & Investigation of Cryptocurrencies”

The course hopes to enlighten the officers on the various kinds of cryptocurrencies and how to work with blockchain technology. Obviously, this would give them a working knowledge, especially those that have no background in technology.

It’ll also teach “The legal challenges that are faced by various officers in investigating a crime involving cryptocurrencies and digital wallets.” These are efforts by the police authorities to keep its workforce abreast of the new technology behind digital currency with the objective of equipping them to effectively combat crimes associated with the field.

The trainings would be ongoing with another two-day course on “Dark Web & Cryptocurrency” is planned for February next year. The institute trains selected officers from all over India who passes qualification examinations of the civil service.

The institute is controlled by the Home Ministry of the Government of India. Its officers appointed or removed by the order of the president of the country. The website of the institute states:

“The trained officers will be posted as Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) in their respective states under whom the other sub-ranks of [the] police force will be working.”

The Indian internal investigation bureau, CBI arrested its own officers for extortion in a cryptocurrency-related case even as the government has set up a national cyber forensic lab to help law enforcement agencies in their work in crypto-related cases.


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Author: Jofor Humani

Jofor is a crypto journalist with passion for investigative reviews.

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