Staffordshire Police tackle cybercrime

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Staffordshire Police are now one of the top forces in the UK to launch their first ever digital PCSO to tackle cybercrime.

PCSO Matthew Hough-Clewes is one of only ten people involved in the new specialist role.

The operation will see him providing advice on cyber security and how to stay safe online to residents across the county.

Matt will spend time visiting businesses, community groups, and public events to deliver advice and reassurance to people.

Online, his avatar alter ego will also be engaging with thousands of people via his Twitter feed @sp_digitalpcso.

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Matt joined Staffordshire Police in 2009 after studying uniform public services, where he found his talent at presenting and educating members of the public on crime prevention.

He said: “Cybercrime is swiftly becoming the most damaging crime a victim can experience.

“Millions of pounds of money and reams of sensitive data are stolen every year and a lot of this can be prevented with some simple actions.

“I’m here to show you how to protect yourself online and not be tricked into giving away information to the wrong person.

“There’s lots to do and I’m really excited about getting stuck in and improving cyber security in Staffordshire.”

Detective Sergeant Gary Sirrell from the West Midlands Regional Organised Crime Unit (ROCU) specialist cybercrime team welcomed Matt’s experience and understanding of the subject, saying: “I’ve sat through some cyber conferences that have been too technical.

“To be honest the small percentage of people who were understanding what was being said, were the ones that least needed the advice, as they were probably already cyber-savvy.

“We’ll be looking for Matt to get across common sense, simple-to-implement online safety advice that can really help people protect their data, take precautions online and implement safeguards.

“A significant amount of cybercrime could be prevented in the first instance if members of the public were aware of how to protect themselves from becoming victims of online crime.”

You can tweet any cyber security questions to Matt at @sp_digitalpcso.

 

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