The UK police capability to tackle the growing threat of cyber crime was strengthened today with the announcement of three regional policing e-crime hubs.
Barnsley falls into one of the new hubs, in Yorkshire and the Humber.
The other two will be in the North West and in the East Midlands.
The e-crime hubs will be launched at the ACPO e-crime conference in Sheffield today.
Cyber crime has been identified in the National Security Risk Assessment as a ‘tier one’ threat alongside international terrorism, an international military crisis, and a major accident or natural hazard requiring a national response.
To meet the threat, the government has granted £30m over four years to improve national capability to investigate and combat cyber crime.