Last week advertisements went out for two new dedicated cyber crime advisors, who will help people in Warwickshire to protect themselves against online criminals. These are positions the PCC has provided funding for and, when appointed, the advisors will work with partner agencies including the police, trading standards, county and district councils and voluntary organisations such as Neighbourhood Watch to help deliver information on the latest cyber threats and provide expert advice on how to stay safe online.
They will be based within Warwickshire County Council’s Community Safety and Substance Misuse Team and will develop and deliver an action plan in support of the Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police Cyber Crime Strategy. Initiatives will help raise general awareness of the risks of cyber crime as well as targeting specific vulnerable groups. The advisers will also act as a central point of contact for partners and local agencies, helping to provide a more co-ordinated response.
While levels of traditional crime continue to fall, it is clear there is a new frontier for criminals who increasingly are turning their attentions online to commit crime. Our own research from the Warwickshire Cyber Crime survey indicates that the losses suffered by victims in the county could amount to as much as £2.5 million each year.
While there has already been a great deal of good work carried out by many individual agencies across Warwickshire to try and combat this trend, a more co-ordinated approach should prove helpful and ensure that the right expert advice from all agencies can get out quickly and effectively to the public. This way of working has already proved very beneficial when tackling business and rural crime.
Anyone interested in applying for the role can find more details here. The deadline for applications is February 14.