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Call for Lincolnshire experts to help police in fight against cyber crime

By Grantham Reporter

Software experts are being enlisted to help Lincolnshire Police in the fight against cyber crime.

The event, called Hack the Police, has been initiated by Police Rewired with support from Police and Crime Commissioner Marc Jones.

The event is also being organised with help from Cyber Specials and Cyber Volunteers (CSCV).

Police Rewired and the CSCV are both volunteer-led groups dedicated to enthusing and supporting independent developers and makers who have an interest in policing technology, community safety, and the fight against cybercrime.

Hack the Police is a two-day event, at police HQ at Nettleham, starting on December 1, where individuals or teams compete to come up with the best solution for problems and issues facing the force.

It is the only the third such event held in the UK and the first outside London and more than 40 of the 75 places have already been taken. Issues likely to be addressed at the event include how to use technology to help front line officers and apps designed how to help the public feel safe.

Mr Jones said: “This event is a unique opportunity for those people with these skills to help our force in the fight against cyber crime.

“I believe this event could be a hugely important event in turning the tide on those criminals who use technology to prey on our residents.”

Event organiser Greg Stevenson, a CSCV volunteer and cyber tactical advisor, said: “The 21st century cyber criminal is a ruthless and efficient entrepreneur, supported by a highly developed and rapidly evolving black market.We welcome any web or app developers, researchers, data analysts, students, teachers and project managers to join us in the fight against this new breed of criminal.”

To register to take part, go to hackthepolice.com/lincoln


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