Continue the pan-Dorset cyber crime awareness campaign
This commitment specifically related to the CyberSafe campaign that was live at the time of the PCC’s re-election in May 2016. However, activity has subsequently changed and evolved, particularly with the introduction of a dedicated Cyber Crime Protect and Prevention Officer within Dorset Police.
While the specific CyberSafe campaign from the PCC’s first term of office has now finished, the appointment of a dedicated Cyber Crime Protect and Prevention Officer has seen a number of initiatives introduced to promote cyber crime awareness and share crime prevention tools and advice.
The Cyber Crime section of the Dorset Police website has been developed to incorporate a number of free resources, provide advice and guidance on how to protect yourself and your devices, and signpost to further information on a variety of subjects from a range of sources.
A Cyber-Crime Prevention Toolkit is also available and the Cyber Crime Protect and Prevention Officer also undertakes a number of talks and presentations to businesses and community groups across the county throughout the year – often alongside PCC public engagement events. Active social media accounts also provide regular and current updates and advice.
A series of guest blogs on the PCC website have been published to help increase awareness, focusing on topics such as Remember to Stay Safe from Fraudsters, How to Stay Safe on Social Media – Part One and Part Two, How to Avoid the Summer Holiday Scammers and most recently, Don’t Let the Cyber Grinch Steal Christmas.
In addition to this, the PCC continues to work closely with the City of London Police and National Fraud Investigation Bureau (NFIB) to improve the national Action Fraud reporting centre, particularly with regard to victim care and support. He has signed up as a SCAMbassador as part of the National Trading Standards (NTS) Friends Against Scams initiative and receives six monthly NFIB Cyber Crime and Fraud Profiles for Dorset which assist in monitoring issues locally and scrutinising the Force response to them.