Shadow Home Secretary calls for IT talent to join police

Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper has outlined Labour plans to attract the brightest technology brains into policing

Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper has outlined Labour plans to introduce a programme to attract the brightest technology brains into policing.

She told delegates at the Labour Party conference in Brighton that under Labour there would be a Police First programme, modelled on the existing Teach First, to get the brightest IT graduates into policing.

The increasing significance of cyber crime is an area where IT professionals can make a difference in policing.

She outlined plans to reduce online fraud. "Peter Neyroud, a former top chief constable has agreed to work with us, consumer watchdog Which? and business, to build an organisation to challenge online fraud, modelled on the successful Internet Watch Foundation which is tackling online child abuse worldwide,” she said. 

Cooper said online scams target half the population: “We live our lives online now – but organised criminals know that too, and that is where they are heading.

“It’s a big cost for business. And a big cost for all of us when money is tight,” she was due to say, according to her planned speech.

For example, fraud committed using personal details obtained by scammers using voice email, voice over IP, landline and mobile calls is costing UK citizens at least £7m a year according to a report by Financial Fraud Action UK.

Victims are duped into revealing personal and financial information or making payments to fraudsters through phishing attacks using voice communications known as "vishing".

Around a quarter of UK adults were victims of vishing in the past financial year with 43% of victims over the age of 50, said the research.

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