Cyber crime units launched in city today

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A POLICE hub to crack down on the growing threat of cyber crime was being unveiled in Sheffield today.

Three new regional units, one of which is to be in Yorkshire and the Humber, to tackle the growing threat of cyber crime are being launched at the Association of Chief Police Officers e-crime conference in the city.

Cyber crime has been identified as a top threat alongside international terrorism or a major accident. The Government has granted £30 million over four years to improve its investigation and combat.

The three new units will work alongside the Metropolitan Police Centre e-crime unit. It is not yet known whether one will be based in South Yorkshire.

DCC Mark Whyman, head of regional collaboration for policing Yorkshire and the Humber, said he was ‘delighted’ the region had been chosen for one of the hubs.

He added: “I am pleased we can play a leading role in developing a national capability.

“By using our local expertise to tackle a rapidly growing crime problem for our communities and the economy, we can yet again place our region at the forefront of policing development.”