West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner reiterates his commitment to tackling cyber-crime (24 Sept 2015)

The West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson has reiterated his commitment to tackling cyber-crime and called for a greater awareness of the issue.

Tackling cyber-crime is a priority in the Police and Crime Commissioner's Police and Crime Plan and in February last year he made an extra £3.5m available to the Police for increased capacity to deal with cyber-crime, Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) and human trafficking.

West Yorkshire Police were also successful in obtaining a grant of £643,290 from the Police Knowledge Fund. The grant is being used to produce an evidence based approach to fighting cyber-crime from the frontline and will therefore improve the effectiveness and efficiency of investigating cyber enabled crime.

Mark said: "Cyber-crime is a new and fast emerging threat and it is of increasing concern for West Yorkshire residents and people throughout the UK.

"It is an issue I take very seriously and it is one of my main priorities. I have invested this money to help West Yorkshire Police tackle it, but there is no doubt the available resources and skills required to cope with the growing demand is nowhere near enough.

"I would urge anyone who thinks they may have been a victim of cyber-crime to come forward and report it to the police or Action Fraud so that intelligence is gathered and records made. However, I believe much more can be done nationally by the Government and I suggested the concept of "Cyber Specials" some time ago who could be trained to work with business and police agencies in providing better links and specialist skills in this area of work. In addition there could be a formal protocol or duty on business and major organisations to provide a single point of contact or provide capacity within their organisations dedicated to cyber crime and fraud. It is time for the Government to consider this more seriously.

"Awareness raising is also key to this and it is important people are equipped with the right knowledge and skills to reduce the threat. Anyone concerned about cyber-crime can visit West Yorkshire Police's website for help and advice on how to stay safe online http://www.westyorkshire.police.uk/blockthewebmonsters"


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