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Northumbria Police announce creation of a specialist cyber crime team

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.

The cybercrime hub will be based in Byker Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
  • Detective Inspector Sally MacDonald, who is leading the team, said:

As technology advances, people find themselves relying on it more and more which is why it can be so devastating for victims to find out they have been targeted.

As we see an increase in people using technology, we see an increase in what we call cyber dependent crime – crimes which can only be committed though the use of a device like computers, mobile phones and tablets. The devices are both the tool for committing the crime and the target.

It’s great to see the Force taking a proactive step in trying to prevent these types of crimes.

Under the banner of Operation Sentinel we will also continue to work with our partners at NERSOU and Action Fraud to prevent organised criminals from carrying out cyber offences which have a serious impact on their victims.

– Det Insp Sally MacDonald
  • Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Dame Vera Baird QC, said:

Cyber crime is an ever-increasing part of behind-the-scenes police work. The internet brings with it many benefits, however, it can also bring a great deal of harm and damage to people and businesses. This dedicated resource will help ensure Northumbria Police is at the forefront of tackling such crime.

– Dame Vera Baird QC

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.