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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-03129: Liam McArthur (Orkney Islands)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 22 September 2016

To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on the finding in the report, HMICS Crime Audit 2016, that some crime is being displaced and is now taking place online, and how it is working with Police Scotland to improve capabilities to identify, record, and investigate cybercrime.

Answered by: Michael Matheson 5 October 2016

It is essential that Police Scotland has all available resources at its disposal to support its efforts to combat the ever increasing threat of cybercrime. It is therefore critical that Police Scotland continues to be able to access the support and expertise available from the European Cybercrime Centre at Europol.

The increasing use of the internet offers greater opportunities for criminals to conduct their activity at a distance from their intended victims. Police Scotland is investing significant funds in developing its cybercrime infrastructure through the development of a network of state of the art hubs to ensure that knowledge and skills are maintained to a high level.