Belfast Telegraph

We can deal with crime on internet, says PSNI

By Deborah McAleese

The PSNI's serious crime branch is currently dealing with cases involving international cyber crime gangs, a top officer has revealed.

Detective Chief Inspector Dougie Grant said "a number" of incidents are currently under investigation.

He added that the PSNI was working with different international bodies to deal with the problem.

Following concern over the police response to the blackmail of teenager Ronan Hughes, Mr Grant insisted that the PSNI had the technological capability to investigate cases like this.

"We have established a cyber crime centre where technical forensic officers, cyber investigation teams and other aspects of the cyber investigation squad are together working with one another," he said.

"We work nationally with the NCA (National Crime Agency) cyber squads and other regional cyber crime units as well as Europol and Interpol.

"We constantly update our learning to try and tackle cyber crimes as they happen."

The detective said that anyone who believes they have fallen victim to crime on the internet should get in contact with police immediately.

"Criminals need to realise that committing crime online will not make them anonymous to law enforcement," he said.

"We are continuously working to track down and apprehend those seeking to utilise computers for criminal ends, and to disrupt the technical networks and infrastructures supporting international cyber crime."

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