West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner pledges to keep on fighting cyber crime to mark Safer Internet Day (8 Feb 2016)

West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson has pledged to keep on fighting cyber crime on Safer Internet Day.

World Safer Internet Day is marked on 9th February and is co-ordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre. The celebration aims to promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people.

West Yorkshire Police have made strides in tackling cyber crime. Last year skilled staff were recruited to provide the cutting edge skills in combating cyber crime, and in using the latest techniques to help enhance more traditional investigations.

The unit was funded by a £250,000 investment by West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) and helps enhance work already ongoing in the force to investigate cyber (technology enabled) offences.

It also helps plug any specialist knowledge gaps in the force, assisting in and progressing some complex cyber investigations, and also help officers investigate more traditional crime types using the latest techniques and technology.

West Yorkshire Police and the PCC were also successful in obtaining a £643,290 grant from the Police Knowledge Fund for research into cyber crime. It is being used to produce an evidence-based approach to fighting the crime from the frontline. This will improve the effectiveness and efficiency of investigating cyber enabled crime as it becomes more routine in day to day police work.

Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson said "Tackling cyber crime is an issue I take very seriously and it is one of the main areas of focus and that's why I have invested this money to help West Yorkshire Police tackle it after discussions with the Chief Officer Team last year.

"I recently visited the Cyber Crime Team and was very impressed with their skills and dedication. They are doing a fantastic job and are passionate about keeping people safe and will increasingly become a mainstream resource for modern policing as the demand and knowledge about cyber enabled crime grows.

"There are some relatively simple steps people can take to safeguard themselves online and Safer Internet Day really is about raising awareness of these. For some tips on how to stay safe visit /get-involved/campaigns/cyber-crime-advice.aspx I would urge anyone who thinks they may have been a victim of cyber crime to come forward and report it to the police on 101 or Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040."

Assistant Chief Constable Russ Foster of West Yorkshire Police, said "Cyber crime is a new and emerging issue for police forces and partners to deal with and it is vital that we all continue to work closely together to stop such criminality.

"West Yorkshire Police has a dedicated cyber unit which is leading the way in learning new techniques - both those used by criminals and those required to prevent crime.

"We are supporting World Safer Internet Day as it helps to highlight the growing crime and encourage people to be careful when using their computer or other device such as tablet or mobile phone."

Will Gardner, Director of the UK Safer Internet Centre, said "Safer Internet Day is a time to celebrate the great work that everyone across the UK is doing to encourage young people to use the internet safely and positively. For Safer Internet Day 2016 we want to inspire a kind, respectful and inclusive internet by empowering young people - and all internet users - to play their part to create a better internet.  Hundreds of organisations have pledged their support for the day, including schools, charities, public and private sector and a host of celebrities and vloggers. It is this collaboration that makes Safer Internet Day such a far-reaching campaign, and helps us to have such a positive impact for children and families across the UK."

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