Critical Infrastructure Remains at Risk Following Ransomware Attack

Critical infrastructure has increasingly become a top target for cybercriminals. Over the weekend, we learned of the ransomware attack against a U.S. fuel company, Colonial Pipeline, that carries nearly half the fuel consumed along the U.S. East Coast. This is one of the largest disruptions of U.S. critical infrastructure by a cyberattack in history. It is a startling reminder of how vulnerable everything from our power grid to our water supply remains if we do not bolster our defences.


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College of Policing appoints new strategic command course director

Metropolitan Police Service’s head of specialist operations Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu has been appointed new strategic command course director at the College of Policing won secondment.



NCA warns maritime industry over organised crime links to small boats

The National Crime Agency has issued an alert to the UK maritime industry, warning them that organised crime groups may target them to obtain small boats for people smugglers.


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Interpol launches project to tackle Covid-related digital piracy

Interpol has launched a new project to tackle the fast growing problem of covid-related digital piracy which has increased by more than 60 per cent during the past year.


CPS launches first ever economic crime plan

The Crown Prosecution is to introduce a cadre of specialist prosecutors as part of its first ever plan to improve its response to the growing scourge of economic crime.


Eastern Region Special Operations Unit investigation convicts fraudster of selling fake sports hospitality packages

A fraudster who made more than £75,000 selling fake hospitality packages for sports events including the Cricket World Cup in 2019, Royal Ascot and the British Grand Prix, has admitted fraud and money laundering offences.



Frontline investigators asked for views to inform new College of Policing guidelines

The College of Policing is developing new guidelines based on evidence from research and the experiences of officers and staff at all stages of an investigation.




Police recorded crime 12 per cent lower than in same period as 2020

Crime figures provided to the National Police Chiefs’ Council from forces in England and Wales show an overall fall of 12 per cent in the four weeks to 14 March 2021, compared to the same period in 2020.



Domestic Abuse Protection Notices to be introduced to protect victims from attackers

Investigators will be given new powers including Domestic Abuse Protection Notices to provide victims with immediate protection from abusers as part of the new Domestic Abuse Act which has received Royal Assent.




Europol publishes Serious and Organised Crime Threat Assessment 2021

Europol has published its Serious and Organised Crime Threat Assessment which reveals a concerning expansion and evolution of serious and organised crime in the EU.



Government announces £130.5M to tackle serious violence

The government is making over £130 million available to tackle serious violent crime in the coming year.


Police responded well to exceptional circumstances of pandemic said inspectorate

The police service responded well to the challenge of policing the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a report published by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS).



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Thames Valley Together programme uses innovative approaches to tackling root causes of violence

Thames Valley Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) is leading the way in the implementation of an innovative approach to data management. It offers huge potential in the way multi-agency data is used to inform policing and partner decisions and actions to keep communities safe.


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Welcome to our May 2021 Newsletter

Our newsletter aims to keep you updated with latest developments in the world of criminal investigation.