PSNI opens state-of-the-art centre to tackle cyber crime

Chair of the NI Policing Board Anne Connolly and PSNI Chief Constable Sir George Hamilton open the Cyber Crime Centre. Credit: PSNI

A new state-of-the-art police facility to help tackle cyber crime has officially been opened in south Belfast.

The purpose-built Cyber Crime Centre provides a base for all digital forensic services across the PSNI.

It can provide support in a wide range of investigations - from recovering large volumes of footage from mobile phones during a murder probe, to leading on complex and specialist cyber investigations on a global scale, like the hacking of a large corporation’s database, for example.

The centre was officially opened on Tuesday by PSNI Chief Constable Sir George Hamilton and Policing Board Chair Anne Connolly.

“Whilst technology develops at a rapid pace and transforms how we work, communicate and socialise, it also brings an increased risk as criminals seek to exploit the complexities of the web,” Sir George said.

“The demand for cyber expertise within police services across the world continues to grow and Northern Ireland is no different.”

He added: “This centre is just one investment that we have made to keep PSNI at the forefront of this rapidly evolving and growing crime type.

“We have developed the first mobile forensic lab, a concept that is now being adopted and implemented across the UK, and we will continue to work closely with our national and international partners - including those in the NCA and the FBI who are here today - to combat cyber crime and keep people safe.”