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British police force to enrol IT professionals

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The British government will ask IT professionals to join the police force as special constables to help police track down hackers and virus writers, if plans for a new national computer crime strategy being considered in Whitehall get the go-ahead, ComputerWeekly.com reports.

The Home Office is leading the development of the strategy, which will look at ways businesses, government bodies and law enforcement agencies can pool resources to fight the rising tide of computer crime.

Officials believe that special constables - civilian computer experts trained in gathering evidence using the same forensic standards as the police - could be one answer to the problem of limited police resources. Prosecutions are often hindered by poor evidence of computer crime.