Police expand specialist cybercrime unit

Adam Powell

Journalist, BBC Radio Cumbria

A new unit has been set up at Cumbria's police headquarters to expand work against cybercrime such as sexual exploitation, hacking and financial fraud.

Woman officer at work at computer

The specialist officers, who have already done work leading to the arrest of dozens of paedophiles looking for child abuse images, will be joined by three new staff including two detectives, more space and new areas of operation.

The Police and Crime Commissioner Peter McCall has put a budget of £250,000 into the development and says that while officers out on patrol may give more public reassurance, police work in high-tech offices is now at least as important.

Det Insp Ian Harwood says their work includes getting information out of computers and mobile phones for a range of wide investigations, with many jobs being referred to them every week.

We deal with online sex abuse and cybercrime, and we also have a digital forensics unit that extracts data from digital devices used in crime."

Det Insp Ian Harwood