It sounds like a joke, but it’s not! Bare with me… The internal crime agency, #Interpol, has launched what it calls its 'global police #Metaverse'. It's a serious effort to teach members how to do police work in a virtual environment.

The “#InterpolMetaverse" gives police and law enforcement officers around the world the tools for cross-border knowledge sharing via #avatars, and to take immersive training in forensic investigation and other policing activities.

#Interpol has also created an expert group on the #Metaverse to represent law enforcement concerns about the new virtual world. "Criminals are already starting to exploit the Metaverse." according to Interpol press release.

"As the number of Metaverse users grows and the technology further develops, the list of possible crimes will only expand to potentially include crimes against children, data theft, money laundering, financial fraud, counterfeiting, ransomware, phishing, and sexual assault."

For law enforcement, some of these threats are likely to present significant challenges, because not all acts that are criminalised in the physical world are considered crimes when committed in the virtual world," #Interpol warned in a press release.

To coincide with the announcement, @Interpol released its Global Crime Trend report, which shows that 70% of law enforcement officers from its 195 member countries expect ransomware and phishing attacks to grow over the next three to five years.

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