Inside the Cumbria Police Cybercrime Unit

People can ask Cumbria Police about the work they are doing to stop cybercrime.

The Cyber ​​Digital Crime Unit, funded by Cumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Peter McCall, is made up of specialist officers specially trained to arrest offenders who exploit vulnerable people online.

Since its launch in 2019, the unit’s work often provides comprehensive data for evidence in major investigations and trials.

In the recent investigation into the murder of Carlisle Lee McKnight’s man, the unit’s complex telephone work was used as essential evidence to place offenders at the crime scene.

Since setting up the unit, she has helped 213 cybercrimes and conducted 163 investigations into online child sexual abuse and exploitation.

The figures are highlighted today, as part of the OP MOVIE 2, to show the often complex and unprecedented police work of this specialized unit.

In one of the latest findings of cases the unit investigated, on September 28, a man was jailed for two years and six months for sex offenses against children.

The team invites the public to submit questions, via police social media accounts, which will be answered during a live event on November 25 between noon and 2 p.m.

Detective Inspector Ian Harwood heads the Cybercrime and Digital Unit.

He said: “Our specialist officers continue their proactive work to tackle online delinquency and to help and protect those who are exploited.

“This is a dedicated unit staffed to deal with these types of offenses – and I can reassure the people of Cumbria that the team is working tirelessly behind the scenes to keep children and others safe. people, as well as to track down anyone who exploits them. .

What does the unit do?

The unit investigates and prosecutes offenders, while helping businesses and individuals protect themselves against attacks.

Crimes addressed by the unit include crimes of online child sexual abuse and exploitation such as downloading and distributing indecent images of children, sexual communication with a child, and organizing and facilitation of sexual offenses against children.

It covers offenses such as hacking, digital fraud and online exploitation.

The unit is also forensic examinations of digital devices seized during police investigations.

Behind the scenes, these types of crimes can involve lengthy and complex investigations, including a detailed examination of digital equipment.

Often, offenders do not live within county limits.

DI Harwood added: “Tackling online crime and protecting vulnerable children and adults, including violence against women and girls, is of the utmost importance to us.

“The way criminals who seek to exploit their victims operate has developed with continuous advancements in technology.

“Many of the crimes we are dealing with are invisible to the public, with offenders using online technology to contact their victims and prepare them for sexual or criminal activity.

“It happens behind closed doors, sometimes invisible to friends and family.

“I urge people to familiarize themselves with and monitor what the vulnerable people in their lives are doing online. Ask them questions about their online activity and help them use the internet confidently and in a positive way.

If you have information about a cybercrime or cybercrime you can report it to the police on 101, always dial 999 in an emergency.

You can also report it online via www.cumbria.police.uk.

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