Can the Met’s Falcon command swoop down on cyber-criminals?

26 November 2014

This meeting took place on 27 November 2014. Read the transcript for the first section here and the second section here.

"Technology is a great thing but it's also been a great thing for the criminals.” [1] Are the police ‘behind the curve’ in fighting online theft and fraud? The Online Crime Working Group will tomorrow question guests about the police’s response to cyber-crime. In particular, it will ask the Met about its new 300-strong Fraud and Linked Crime Online (FALCON) command.

What challenges does the Met’s new command face as it tackles crimes that could be perpetrated from anywhere in the world?

Who is most at risk?

Are banks and other organisations working closely enough with the police to help catch cyber-criminals?

From 10:00am:

Alex Marshall QPM, Chief Executive Officer, College of Policing

Matthew Allen, Director Financial Crime, British Bankers’ Association

From approx. 10:40am:

Commander Neil Basu, Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Detective Superintendent Jayne Snelgrove, Head of FALCON, MPS

Commander Steve Head, National Police Co-ordinator for Economic Crime , City of London Police

Rebecca Lawrence, Director of Strategy, Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime

The meeting will take place on Thursday 27 November from 10.00am in the Chamber at City Hall (The Queen’s Walk, London SE1 2AA). Media and members of the public are invited to attend. The meeting can also be viewed via webcast. Notes for editors:

Quote from Steve Head, BBC, ‘Fraud police chief warns of lacks of officers’, 7 October 2014.

Read the agenda papers.

Roger Evans AM, Chair of the Online Crime Working Group is available for interview – see contact details below.

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