Northumbria Police have announced the creation of a cybercrime hub in the city.
Thanks to a multi-million-pound investment by the Government, a specialist team has been formed, dedicated to tackling cyber-dependent crime such as hacking, malware and viruses. They aim to pursue perpetrators and offer more support to those affected by such crimes, in addition to raising awareness about falling foul of the tricks used by hackers.
Based in Byker, the team is made up of a Detective Sergeant, four Detective Constables, three civilian staff members who are assisted by a team of cyber volunteers.
- Detective Inspector Sally MacDonald, who is leading the team, said:
- Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Dame Vera Baird QC, said:
The announcement was made at a launch event held by Chief Constable Peter Goodman in his role as National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) lead for Cyber Crime.
Chief Constable Goodman said he was ‘absolutely delighted’ to announce the ‘significant step forward’ in improving the overall response to cybercrime in England and Wales.