POLICE have set up a crack cyber-crime unit to catch perverts, fraudsters and other criminals using the internet to target their victims. Almost 250 officers have been trained in how to investigate online crimes in Staffordshire. Now police warn there will be no hiding place for offenders who use the internet to commit their crimes. Assistant Chief Constable Jonathan Drake said: “The internet is sometimes thought of as a private, almost lawless space, but if you share indecent images of children, if you groom children online, or if you commit any other criminal offence then frankly you’re on borrowed time until we arrest you.” It is hoped the new cyber-crime team will reduce the number of victims being sexually abused by online predators. They have set up the Internet Investigation Team to better tackle online crimes. Hundreds of specially-trained officers are targeting cyber-enabled crimes – where computers are used to commit a range of offences – or cyber-dependent crime, which is often computer hacking. Other cyber-crimes dealt with by police include burglary, arson, robbery, fraud and criminal damage. Assistant Chief Constable Jonathan Drake said: “We have set up the internet investigation team, a team of dedicated officers with special skills in using […]
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