New Team of Digital Forensic Staff for West Yorkshire Police

A new team of digital forensic staff is being created in the Force to help bring criminals to justice.

With an increasing amount of crime committed or enabled digitally – through computers / tablets, mobile phones and other devices, the Force is investing over £1million in an ongoing recruitment drive for digital specialists.

Over 30 new operational staff have either been appointed or are being recruited and will be based in Wakefield.

The new staff will be in addition to our currently capability.

The brand-new facility was officially opened on Monday 12 October by Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Oz Khan (Specialist Crime).

He said:

“This investment is a real signal of intent from the Force.

“We recognise that criminals are increasingly using digital platforms and devices to either commit crime directly or indirectly and this new team builds on our ongoing work to safeguard victims and bring perpetrators to justice.

“This is an enhanced capability and capacity in relation to what we already have.”

The Force already leads the way in confronting cyber criminals through the dedicated cyber crime unit.

And now that team will be based in the new office along with Digital Media investigators.

“Criminals are constantly evolving and adapting how they commit crime – so we too must evolve and adapt to meet those challenges,” added Detective Superintendent David Norris (Protective Services, Crime) who has been instrumental in making the investment a reality.

“This recruitment are focussed on ensuring we continue to deliver justice for the victims of crime.

“Almost any crime can involve at some stage a digital device – and increasingly criminals involved in serious and organised crime are also using a digital device to communicate with other criminals and to commit crime.

“It is important that our efforts and commitment to tackle it through Programme Precision (which involves everyone at West Yorkshire Police working with key partners to tackle serious and organised crime) are supported as strongly as possible.”

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