18 November 2014

Four 'volume crime hubs' target cyber-crime impacting the UK capital

At Falcon's launch Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe issued a statement saying: "Falcon will see the Met have the best and, I believe, largest cyber-crime and fraud team in Europe, with up to 500 specialist officers dedicated to tackling this crime.” Currently the team comprises 300 officers, including those based at head office covering complex cyber-frauds and pro-actively targetting serious cyber-crime gangs.
Snelgrove explained the background to SC: "MOPAC (The Mayor's Office for Policing And Crime*) research found that only 12 percent of business crime in London was being reported to the police, and a lot of that was cyber-crime and fraud. Plus cyber-crime and fraud that was reported wasn't being prioritised, with both resourcing issues and boroughs prioritising issues such as burglary and robbery.  Now Falcon is prioritising cyber-crime and fraud, and the hubs have been set up  to encourage cyber-fraud to be reported directly to the Met. Falcon is only involved in crimes where there is some impact in London, so it targets cyber-crimes where either the victim or suspected perpetrator is in London. But we liaise with NCCU where there is a national impact and work closely with international colleagues (where appropriate)."

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