Home Office written question – answered on 19th July 2017.

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Photo of Alex Norris Alex Norris Labour/Co-operative, Nottingham North

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what targets she has set for local police forces to tackle cybercrime; and how work to meet those targets will be funded.

Photo of Ben Wallace Ben Wallace Minister of State (Home Office) (Security)

The Home Office is committed to not placing unnecessary bureaucratic burdens on the police and has scrapped all central targets. However, Chief Constables are under a duty to comply with the Strategic Policing Requirement (SPR). The SPR provides a framework for consistent, collective decision making by forces, but leaves the specifics of how this should be achieved to Chief Constables.

The Strategic Policing Requirements describes organised crime, including large scale cyber crime, as a national threat that Chief Constables and Police and Crime Commissioners are expected to plan and prepare, together or in support of national arrangements, to address these threats.

The National Police Chiefs’ Council has oversight of force contributions to the SPR. Police and Crime Commissioners are required to hold Chief Constables to account for the delivery of the SPR and to have regard to the SPR when producing their police and crime plans. The Home Office also continue to support forces in building professional responsibility through the College of Policing; and returning accountability to the public through Police and Crime Commissioners.

The 2015 National Security Strategy confirmed that cyber remains a top threat to the UK’s economic and national security. The UK’s future security and prosperity depends on our ability to safeguard digital information, data and networks at home and abroad. The cyber threats we face continue to grow in scale and sophistication. This is why the National Cyber Security Strategy 2016-2021 is supported by £1.9billion of transformational investment.

Through the National Cyber Security Programme, we invested over £90 million under the 2010-15 Parliament to bolster the law enforcement response. The Government will continue to invest in law enforcement capabilities at the national, regional and local levels to ensure delivery agencies have the capacity to deal with the increasing volume and sophistication of cyber crime. We are increasing the capabilities of the National Crime Agency’s National Cyber Crime Unit by increasing their ability to investigate the most serious cyber crime.

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