Detectives and police staff from across Scotland will take part in a new advanced Digital Investigator course set up by cyber security experts at Edinburgh Napier University.
With increased concerns about e-crime, the one-week course will cover internet skills including tracing instant messaging, phishing attacks and capturing and analysing web traffic.
The training will keep officers up to date on the latest threats and aims to not only improve the prevention and detection of crime but also arm investigators with the ability to quickly gather electronic information to support any police investigation and help create safer virtual communities.
Run from the university's Cyber Security lab, the course has been a year in the planning with the first cohort of officers set to begin training today.
Professor Bill Buchanan, director of Edinburgh Napier's Centre for Distributed Computing, Networks, and Security, said: "We are teaching investigators a deep understanding of network infrastructures and the associated trails of evidence.
"Scotland needs to develop these professionals in order to mitigate the risks of the internet, and it is great to see this investment in skills now happening here.We feel privileged to train these investigators."
Detective Superintendent Steven Wilson, Police Scotland's Cybercrime lead, said: "Businesses increasingly are dependent on e-commerce to grow their businesses. The protection of Scottish communities in the virtual world is of key importance."