A new team has been set up in Durham to tackle the new and emerging threat of computer crime, digital threats and online fraud.
The new unit is one of the first in the UK that is directing funding to tackle the growing crime and challenges the internet brings.
The new Digital Intelligence and Investigation team will be based at Chester-le-Street and will comprise of specially trained detectives and police staff which is headed up by Detective Inspector DCI Gavin Heckles.
The team will not just investigate digital crimes they will also gather intelligence and stay up to-date with the latest digital threats, viruses and scams.
The unit will hopefully prevent members of the public becoming victims of online fraudsters.
Today marked the launch of an event in Durham City to launch the new unit with the Durham Safe Partnership.
The unit will work in conjunction with Get Safe online. Todays event in Durham City saw anti-virus specialist Kaspersky checking people phones, tablets and laptops for malicious software.
There was also a talk from DC Jonathan Stoker on the new worldwide phenomenon, virtual game Pokemon Go.
DCI Gavin Heckles, said: “We have always had a cyber crime team within the wider CID function but the emerging crime patterns and trends over recent months have pointed towards a substantial growth in this type of offence. In response to this, we have set up this new dedicated team comprising of digital specialists to enable Durham Constabulary to provide a digital Neighbourhood policing presence and response.”
Rachael Shimmin, Durham County Council, corporate director for Children and Adults Services, said: “As the use of technology and the internet grows in society, there is more risk of people becoming victims.
“The Get Safe Online event gives everyone the opportunity to learn more about computer crime, digital threats, online fraud and more importantly how to stay safe online to avoid these scams.”
Hero Cops save girls life of girl who wanted to kill herself
Two fast-thinking police officers have helped saved the life of a girl who text her mate saying she wanted to end her life. Officers were quickly alerted and began searching for the girl.
The officers were alerted to the incident in the early hours of November 14, when Police Constables Daryl Jones and Mark Bullock, from Southend’s Local Policing Team, were patrolling Southend.
With the clock against them, the officers began searching the area and found a girl who matched the description. She had walked four miles from her home alone after sneaking out in the middle of the night and was on her way to Southend town centre to harm herself. The pair pulled over and approached the girl cautiously.
Upon seeing the officers, the girl broke down and became upset. Daryl and Mark reassured her that they were there to help her. After calmly engaging with the girl, the officers managed to negotiate with her to get in the police car so they could get her out of the cold and talk to her.
She spoke openly with Daryl and Mark about the difficulties she had been experiencing and how she had text her friend in the hope that the friend would get help for her.
She thanked the officers for finding her so quickly and the pair reassured her that they would get her the further help she needed.
Daryl waited with her whilst Mark made a difficult call to her parents to inform them of the situation and that their daughter had not come to any harm. Her dad thanked the officers for finding his daughter so quickly and ensuring her safety.
The girl was taken to a mental health suite for assessment and her parents thanked the officers again for finding their daughter so quickly and getting her the help she needed.
Daryl said: “I’ve never seen more of a genuine reaction for help from someone than when the young girl broke down when she saw myself and Mark and knew we were there to help her.”
Mark said: “We were just fortunate that we were in the right place at the right time and were able to locate her and help her, I have no doubt if we hadn’t of found her it would have been a different outcome.”
Stabbed police dog Finn inspires charity Christmas card and Police Hour are proud to have helped
A Police Dog who was stabbed while chasing a suspected thief has come together with Police Hour to inspire a Charity Christmas Card.
Not just any Christmas Card these cards have been specially designed and drawn by a very brave nine-year-old boy with cancer named Alex Goodwin.
German Shepherd Finn was stabbed on 5th October in Stevenage, His Handler PC Dave Wardell was also injured.
Alex was as devastated when he read that Finn and PC Wardell has been attacked. Alex began drawing pictures of Finn so the idea of a Christmas card was created and they sold out within one day.
Police officer’s son Alex is undergoing chemotherapy for Ewing Sarcoma, a type of bone cancer that affects fewer than 30 children in the UK each year. He faces further “complex” surgery at Christmas.
There is now a change the law regarding attacks on police dogs and horses. Please make sure your sign it.
Tram driver arrested: Several dead following croydon derailment.
Several people have sadly been killed after a tram derailed in Croydon, leaving five people trapped and more than fifty people injured.
Police were alerted to the incident involing a two-car vehicle that happened at around 6.10am near the Sandilands tram stop.
The British Transport Police confirmed they have arrested the tram driver, Robin Smith assistant chief constable of British Transport Police said: “It is too early for us to confirm numbers but we are working hard to assess the ongoing incident and we are continuing to focus on recovery efforts.”
Emergency services have freed five trapped people, two remain trapped within the tram.
50 people have been taken to hospital for treatment. 31 were taken to Croydon health service’s emergency department while St George’s Hospital in Tooting, south-west London, is treating another 20 people, four of who it described as “seriously injured”.
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