It has been reported that the cyber crime unit of the Metropolitan Police Service will not be getting an extra £1 million funding boost from the Home Office in 2011.
The Police Central e-crime Unit (PceU) is a dedicated unit set up in early 2009 with a remit to provide an enforcement response to technologically-enabled serious crime, and support other police forces on receiving intelligence data from the National Fraud Reporting Centre (NFRC).
With online fraud and other electronic crimes becoming increasingly commonplace, the PceU had been hoping for extra funding from the Home Office for training and equipment purposes. However it seems that the extra funding got axed as part of the coalition Government’s £6 billion deficit reduction plans.
“Without this additional funding the growth of our capability will be restricted, however we remain committed to our existing work in this area at current funding levels,” the MPS told IT Pro.
The police recently warned that the famous Nigerian scam emails are only the “tip of iceberg”. The Serious and Organised Crime unit (SOCA) was looking to publicise the growing threat from online fraud and other forms of extortion and criminal activity.
It is thought that email scams cost the public an estimated £3.5 billion a year in the UK alone, and according to SOCA, technology is playing a major role in the emergence of new types of fraud.
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