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Police: Cybercrime

Volume 496: debated on Monday 20 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects the regional police squads established to tackle cyber crime to be operational; and what (a) budget and (b) personnel will be provided for those squads. (286944)

The work of the Association of Chief Police Officers e-crime Committee includes a project to set up regional cyber crime teams. Chief constables have a budget which they are able to use on the priorities for their forces. Any decision on funding or staffing for regional teams is a matter for the chief constables for that region.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what mechanisms are in place to co-ordinate the work of police forces in reducing levels of cybercrime. (286943)

The Government have provided £3.5 million over three years to support the work of the police central e-crime unit (PCeU). One of the roles that the PCeU has been given is to develop the response to e-crime across the police service. The co-ordination of that work is a matter for the police and for ACPO.