City sees increase in cybercrime: NDP police chief

Cybercrime is on the rise in Heritage City, according to the city’s top cop, and American-style violence and confrontation could be ongoing.

Donovan Fisher, the police chief of the Nelson Police Department, said the NDP’s General Investigations Section (GIS) has been in higher demand lately as the level of cybercrime in Nelson has increased.

He recently told city council that online and cell crime is another area where police continue to see increased pressure and demand to be addressed.

“As the level of investigation and crime becomes more and more complex, there is a need for a focused investigative team that has the knowledge and ability to have the skills to not only investigate, but also to put a very high level of product disclosure into the system. Crown, ”for prosecution, he said.

Fisher explained that there are cases where technology is used as an instrument to perpetrate crimes, and that there are other cases where technology is the target of crimes, such as attacks on government agencies and hospitals.

“Unfortunately this is becoming more and more of a problem and it is becoming an increased strain on police departments across the country to try to manage and mitigate these things,” he said.

Com. Keith Page said the city has seen a much wider scope of crime with the online environment creating opportunities for various characters around the world to take an active role in local crime.

Through his work he has witnessed many incidents where attempts are made to swindle people of their money, often through the voice of a respected institution.

“We see an ongoing storytelling campaign to undermine trust in our institutions… and this continued erosion creates additional challenges for our community to understand who they can turn to for help and how to best address and cope with them. challenges she faces one day. -day to day as they grapple with what is not true, ”he said.

“So how can we, as a community, restore institutional trust in ourselves and the people around us in our community? ”

Fisher didn’t have a simple answer.

“It’s very difficult and I certainly don’t think there is a quick fix and a one-size-fits-all solution, it’s something that we have to keep playing for the long haul and keep showing that level of measured approach and trying to keep a certain connection from the police point of view, ”he said.

The United States saw a 30% increase in murder and violent crime last year, Coun said. Rik Logtenberg, the biggest increase in history. And the analysis showed it was linked to the pandemic, as well as the unrest around the murder of George Floyd.

“Is it unique to the United States? Have we seen anything like this in Canada? And, if that’s not possible, are we just lagging behind the United States? He asked Fisher.

“I have certainly seen these tensions increase… across the country there has certainly been an increase in domestic violence and these types of incidents,” Fisher replied.

Containment and the people who are supposed to stay at home, spend more time at home and with the same people seem to systematically exacerbate these already bad situations, he added.

Statistics would back it up, but Fisher has also personally seen the level of confrontation with the police increase.

“Certainly, we have experienced it even here in Nelson and, especially in the past two weeks, some situations have arisen where the police are openly challenged,” he said.

It’s a small percentage of people, but some people want to challenge health orders, openly challenge some of the Bill of Rights issues around protests, and push their agenda forward, Fisher explained.

“(A) and their feeling is that unfortunately their rights to do and say whatever they want trumps the rights of everyone else to do and say whatever they want and that certainly puts the police in an awkward position, ”he said.

“Some people are not there to get their point across, they are looking for a confrontation.”

There has been a significant increase in this type of behavior and it is reflected in other areas of the community, Fisher noted.

“I think your point of view seems to be lagging behind and that we could see an increase in violence, I think the potential is definitely there,” he said.

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