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Association of Chief Police Officers questioned on UK’s e-crime response

16 November 2012

Home Affairs Committee questions Association of Chief Police Officers about the UK’s response to the threat of e-crime.

Witnesses

Tuesday 20 November 2012, Grimond Room, Portcullis House

3.45 pm

  • Deputy Assistant Commissioner Martin Hewitt, ACPO lead for the Police Central e-Crime unit
  • Deputy Chief Constable Peter Goodman, Strategic lead: regional e-Crime hubs and ACPO e-crime lead

Chair's comments

Committee Chair Rt Hon Keith Vaz MP said:

“E-crime poses a serious threat to business, individuals and the UK economy. Security experts calculate the cost of cybercrime to the global economy to be $114 billion a year.
 
The police and criminal justice system have worked hard to keep pace with cyber criminals, but there is still a long way to go. The Committee is keen to understand the strengths and weaknesses of the UK’s response to e-crime to date and the options for dealing with future challenges.
 
The invention of the internet has changed the face of crime has forever. If we are to stay one step ahead of criminals we must ensure we have all the necessary deterrents in place. The Committee will be asking ACPO how the police are adapting their ways of working to meet the evolving challenge of e-crime and the skills and funding they have in place to do so.”

Further Information

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