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Cybercops in persons

Date: December 12, 2005

Tony Neate is a Detective Sergeant with the South Wales Police now seconded to the National Hi-Tech Crime Unit based in London. He has 29 years service, of which 26 have been as a Detective in the Cardiff area. In 1989 Tony moved to the Fraud Squad where he dealt with all aspects of commercial fraud. He was also responsible for all aspects of computer crime investigations within the South Wales Police area, including the recovery of computer-based evidence.

During his 13 years in the Fraud Squad Tony dealt with a number of large-scale fraud investigations, including major investment fraud, company fraud, large-scale credit card abuse as well as public sector corruption and election fraud cases.

Since the mid 1990s Tony has been heavily involved in the investigation of hi-tech crime. He has dealt with numerous computer-related offences including unauthorised access, cyber stalking, email abuse and paedophilia.

Tony is the Secretary of the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) Hi-Tech Crime Working Group which was formed in 1996 to look at all aspects of computer-related crime on a national basis. He is a founder member of the Internet Crime Forum and also sits on a number of other groups including the Fraud Advisory Panel, the Digital Evidence Group (DEG) and the European Information Security Group (EURIM). Tony also sits on the Steering Group for Safe Online", a public/private partnership initiative to increase Internet security awareness.

On the 1st October 2001 Tony took up his position as Industry Liaison Officer within the newly formed National Hi-Tech Crime Unit, based in London Docklands, the Unit is the linchpin in the United Kingdom's co-ordinated response to cybercrime. Tony's role within the Unit is to form a co-ordinated partnership with in dustry and to ease the flow of i nformation between the private sector and law enforcement regarding hi-tech crime.
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