24 Oct 2019

In response to the report from HMICFRS, Cyber: Keep the light on - An inspection of the police response to cyber-dependent crime, Chief Constable Mark Collins, Dyfed-Powys Police, said:

 “As cyber-crime has become a more widespread issue, the term has become too broad for us to task resources effectively. That’s why I have specifically outlined cyber-dependant crime as separate priority for Dyfed-Powys Police.

“Our Digital Communications and Cyber Crime Unit was brought in five years ago in response to growing concerns about cyber-crime. Due to demand and the connection between cyber related and economic offences, cyber investigation has recently transitioned across to the Economic Crime Team. This unit employs specialist investigators who look at both cyber-dependant and cyber-enabled crimes, and a role specifically working to protect and engage with our communities and businesses.

“These roles are funded in part by the Police Transformation Fund, which is referenced in the HMICFRS report, and in part by the Police and Crime Commissioner, however, we have plans in place to continue to fund this important function in the long term.

 “Cyber-dependant crime disproportionately affects businesses and organisations, and while thankfully the number we deal with is small, these crimes can result in huge financial losses. An organisation in our area recently lost one million pounds which, thanks to the expertise of our dedicated team, we were able to recover.

“I will continue working nationally to ensure our response to all cyber-crime is fit for purpose, and we are on the forefront of tackling this complex and challenging threat.”

For information about protection against fraud and cyber crime, visit: https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/