Bedfordshire Police’s specialist Cyber Hub unit has won the International Award for Excellence in the Prevention/Detection of Cyber Crime, for its work in investigating internet and digitally-based offences. The award, hosted by the National Police Chiefs Council, commended the unit’s “exceptional hard work to investigate and proactively target the highest harm offenders”.
During 2017 the Cyber Hub actively targeted people suspected of making indecent images of children and executed nearly 90 warrants. These resulted in 80 arrests and helped to safeguard over 150 children.
Bedfordshire Police has created its’ ground-breaking Hub by combining specialist teams in Digital Forensics, Cyber Crime Investigation and Internet Child Abuse Investigation, to enable the unit to specifically target internet child abuse, online paedophilia and the distribution of indecent images.
Assistant Chief Constable Mark Lay praised the force’s Cyber Crime unit: “I’m incredibly proud of the Cyber Hub for the hard work they do day in day out in protecting the most vulnerable of our society against acts of serious sexual abuse”.