Home Department written question – answered on 29th August 2013.

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Photo of Chi Onwurah Chi Onwurah Shadow Minister (Cabinet Office)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the division of responsibilities between the Metropolitan and City police forces on cyber crime and fraud; and what assessment she has made of work on building capacity in other police force areas.

Photo of James Brokenshire James Brokenshire The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

holding answer 18 July 2013

The National Cyber Crime Unit within the new National Crime Agency will be the national lead on cyber crime. Responsibilities previously undertaken by the Metropolitan Police Service Police Central e-Crime Unit are being transferred into the National Cyber Crime Unit which is already operating in shadow form ahead of the National Crime Agency becoming fully operational October 2013.

The City of London police will continue to act as the national police lead on fraud, and will work closely with the new Economic Crime Command in the National Crime Agency which will coordinate and direct activity to tackle fraud, bribery and corruption across all the agencies involved in tackling economic crime.

The creation of the National Crime Agency will strengthen the national capability to tackle serous and organised crime, including on cyber crime and fraud. To support this stronger national capability and provide specialist support to local forces the Home Office is providing £26 million to improve regional policing capabilities in England and Wales, including on fraud and cyber.

Funding from the National Cyber Security Programme is also being used to deliver cyber training for police forces.

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