Crime fighters will soon benefit from training on how to gather evidence from mobile phones and computers and track suspects via social media.
The National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA) said it launched the initiative to make detective training more relevant to the challenges of modern policing.
Around 3,500 students who take the NPIA's Initial Crime Investigators Development Programme each year will benefit from the improvements.
The updated training exercises will teach students how best to gather evidence from technology such as computers, mobile phones, CCTV, automatic number plate recognition cameras and National Footwear Reference Collection images, as well as financial data such as bank statements and the use of cash machines.
Deputy Chief Constable Nick Gargan, chief executive of the NPIA, explained that the improvements were necessary to give detectives the skills to tackle the "challenges and complexities of modern policing".
"This programme is a vital part of the career pathway for detectives, and the new training covers sensitive areas of policing where limited guidance existed previously," he said.
"The changes underline the importance of having a national agency to provide guidance and train detectives to a single high standard so they can work on investigations in any part of the country and give their colleagues and the public the best quality service in fighting crime."
The police are often criticised for being woefully under-resourced when it comes to investigating online fraud and hi-tech crime.
In June it was revealed that the Metropolitan Police Central e-Crime Unit is to have its funding slashed by 30 per cent as part of Home Office cuts.
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