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RGP in cybercrime conference in Jersey

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Gibraltar was represented by the Royal Gibraltar Police in Jersey at a cybercrime conference earlier this week.

Head of Crime and Protective Services, Superintendent Ian McGrail and Constable Jason Oton of the High Tech Crime Unit attended the Small Island Nations Centre of Excellence [SINCERE] launching conference.

At the conference Supt McGrail gave a presentation regarding local cybercrime threats, challenges and opportunities. He also attended workshops to discuss future cyber security strategies.

“It is vitally important for the RGP to be involved in projects such as SINCERE. Reliance on the internet, electronic devices and related critical infrastructure is increasing exponentially,” Mr McGrail said.

“Understanding how to mitigate the threat of cybercrime and also how to investigate and prosecute those that commit these crimes is becoming more relevant by the day. Our participation is a reflection of our investment in our staff working in this complex virtual world in the fight against cybercrime.”

The SINCERE project is a European Union funded project. The States of Jersey Police received £250,000 worth of European funding to create a centre for the fight against cybercrime.

The funds will also be used to promote cybercrime investigation training, research and education.

Gibraltar alongside the Channel Islands, Isle of Man, Cyprus and Malta are all part of the SINCERE project. Canterbury Christ Church University based in Kent, UK have joined as academic partners.