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    Police to patrol internet

    17 July 2006 [​IMG]

    [FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, MS Sans Serif]Police are planning to patrol internet sites to target organised crime, violence and sexual crimes.[/FONT] [FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, MS Sans Serif]The move is part of a new police strategy that pressure groups say is long overdue. [/FONT]

    [FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, MS Sans Serif]Christchurch parents worried that their children are becoming targets on social networking websites have also welcomed the move. [/FONT]

    [FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, MS Sans Serif]Deputy Commissioner Rob Pope said the new strategy, which was still being finalised, had been developed to combat the growing phenomenon of on-line crime. [/FONT][FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, MS Sans Serif]"There is no doubt that crime committed with technological assistance is capturing the attention of police agencies around the globe," he said. "Most critically, New Zealand police faces a capability gap among general police staff." [/FONT][FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, MS Sans Serif]Police aimed to "ramp up" their e-crime training and awareness. [/FONT]

    [FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, MS Sans Serif]The aim was to develop an understanding of the on-line environment, identifying who was offending, what offences were being committed or facilitated by technology, and when this was happening. [/FONT]

    [FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, MS Sans Serif]Pope said the country's first electronic crime strategy would collaborate with other agencies but not duplicate their work. [/FONT][FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, MS Sans Serif]It would also plug in to international agencies to monitor emerging risks and crime fighting opportunities. [/FONT][FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, MS Sans Serif]"What I can assure you is that even though e-crime is the new kid on the crime block, it is getting close attention," Pope said. [/FONT]

    [FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, MS Sans Serif]Netsafe executive director Martin Cocker said the proposed strategy was positive and overdue. [/FONT][FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, MS Sans Serif]"More and more serious crime and organised criminals are moving their activity to the internet. [/FONT][FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, MS Sans Serif]"I'm confident this police-management team has a full understanding of the specific issues around e-crime and you can see they have started to address these things through the establishment of a national unit. Certainly, we are due for one." [/FONT]

    [FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, MS Sans Serif]Police cyber-crime units were common overseas, Cocker said. [/FONT][FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, MS Sans Serif]The existing e-crime unit based in Wellington was not enough. [/FONT][FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, MS Sans Serif]"The e-crime unit is not pro-actively on the internet, looking for offenders, but we can foresee a move in that direction." [/FONT][FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, MS Sans Serif]Police headquarters spokesman John Neilson said the national e-crime unit was essentially a forensic unit, not a criminal-investigation unit. [/FONT]

    [FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, MS Sans Serif]A concerned parent whose 15-year-old daughter had been offered drugs on the social networking site Bebo.com said it was a step in the right direction. [/FONT][FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, MS Sans Serif]"Anything that can be done to put some sort of focus on what's effectively going on in secret at the moment has got to be good. [/FONT]

    [FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, MS Sans Serif]"Overseas they have really picked up on it. In the States they are very active, specifically in protecting minors." [/FONT]




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