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Police e-crime unit set for gov't go-ahead

Date: April 29, 2008
By: Tim Ferguson

The UK's proposed central e-crime police unit is close to securing the necessary government funding to make it a reality, according to one of the architects of the project.

Speaking at the Infosecurity Europe show in London, the Metropolitan Police Service's detective superintendent Charlie McMurdie said: "I'm fairly convinced we'll get the required sum of £5.3m some way or the other. We're looking at days rather than months."

She explained why cybercrime needs to be better addressed on a national level. "Traditional crime has moved online and law enforcement needs to get there quick," she said.

McMurdie also made it clear the organisation will face a big task if it gets the green light. "If only the policing of the internet was as easy as policing robberies," she said.

Currently, the 43 UK police forces deal with e-crime separately but McMurdie said half of e-crime goes unreported while half of incidents reported often aren't taken seriously.
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