Government to forge new cybercrime policies

The Home Office will meet with law enforcers to develop strategies for tackling e-crime, but has not yet agreed to fund a Policing Central E-Crime Unit
Written by Nick Heath, Contributor

The government has pledged to meet with law enforcers to forge new policies on tackling cybercrime.

The announcement comes in the wake of an e-crime discussion meeting between Home Office minister Vernon Coaker, Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo) representatives and the Metropolitan Police's head of e-crime, Charlie McMurdie.

But the Home Office has still not agreed to provide the £1.3m in start-up funding for a Policing Central E-Crime Unit (PCEU), proposed by Acpo and the Metropolitan Police.

McMurdie has said she is hopeful the government will make a decision on funding for PCEU in the near future.

A spokesman for the Home Office said: "No decision has been taken on the formation of an e-crime unit, but we will be considering how we take an overall approach to issues such as electronic fraud and will be discussing these with a number of law-enforcement agencies."

"The government takes this form of crime seriously and is currently considering how best to tackle such crimes," the spokesman said.

The UK's recently announced National Security Strategy made no mention of any dedicated e-crime unit.

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