George Lythgoe of The Mail reports on the work that the Cumbria Constabulary’s Cyber and Digital Crime Unit (CDCU) has performed since its inception a year ago. The cybercrime unit focuses on crimes that range from child sex exploitation to fraud in Cumbria, England. Since the unit was formed, it has worked on 90 cases total, 43 cases dealing with fraud and 47 cases dealing with online child abuse. Due to their diligent work, 51 suspects in the cases have been arrested and there have been 18 criminals charged.
The Digital Forensics Unit, a part of the larger Cyber and Digital Crime Unit, has assisted with 355 cases across the police force, performing examinations of the seized electronic devices. The Cumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Peter McCall stated “The CDCU is an essential part of the Constabulary helping track and arrest online predators and fraudsters as well as assisting in the location of evidence within electronics such as mobile phones and laptops.”
Detective Inspector Ian Harwood, who leads the CDCU, is quoted stating “These figures show how busy the unit has been in its first year and the important role it is playing in catching cyber criminals and protecting the public.”
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