National Hi-Tech Crime Unit gets new chief


National Hi-Tech Crime Unit gets new chief

Antony Savvas

Detective chief superintendent Sharon Lemon has been appointed head of the National Hi-Tech Crime Unit, part of the National Crime Squad of England and Wales.

The unit has responsibility for combating serious and organised hi-tech crime. Lemon started her career with the Metropolitan Police serving at a variety of levels, until she joined the National Crime Squad (NCS) in 1999.

She has been NCS head of firearms, and more recently was head of the Paedophile On-Line Investigation Team (POLIT), the national and international single point of contact for on-line child abuse investigations.

She also played a key role in the formation of the Virtual Global Taskforce, an international law enforcement collaboration comprising forces from Australia, Canada, Interpol, the UK and the US.

Len Hynds, the outgoing unit head, has been promoted to NCS assistant chief constable as business change and transition director.

The NHTCU has also revamped its website (, encompassing new features such as a crime reporting decision tree and top tips for SMEs.

The website hosts three main sections: business and industry, general public, and the media centre.

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