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Calls to the Derbyshire Police flagged as "cyber-related" have risen from 269 in early 2014 to 417 in the last quarter. The force said that more than 200 cases related to activity on Facebook alone between September 2009 and December 2013. According to the BBC Derbyshire Police plan to cut the number of officers on the beat in favour of more staff tackling online crime, but no figures have been provided.
"The number of calls to the force flagged up as "cyber-related" in the last year has increased by nearly 150. Chief Constable Mick Creedon did not confirm how many officers might have to be taken off the street. He said it was important to meet this "new demand" on the force.
A recent report to the county's police and crime commissioner, said the extent of online crime was "unknown" as current crime figures reflected more "traditional" forms of crime.
However, police told the BBC the number of crimes identified as "cyber crimes" had risen significantly over the last year.
This was put down to likely being due to a better understanding of the issue and improved recording of offences by frontline officers.
Chief Constable Mick Creedon said it was important to react to new demands on police services
Calls to the force flagged as "cyber-related" have risen from 269 in early 2014 to 417 in the last quarter. The force said that more than 200 cases related to activity on Facebook alone between September 2009 and December 2013.
Mr Creedon said: "It's really important that we have a police service that's able to meet that new demand and not just the old demand that we're used to."
The force added it had trained hundreds of officers in digital investigations.
• March - May 2014: 269 incidents
• June - August 2014: 301 incidents
• September - December 2014: 346 incidents
• January - March 2015: 417 incidents
Derbyshire Police are one of only three out of 43 police forces in England and Wales have a comprehensive plan to deal with a large-scale cyber-attack,according to Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) warned only Derbyshire, Lincolnshire and West Midlands had sufficient plans in place. The report also found that only 2% of police staff across 37 forces had been trained on investigating cybercrime. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-26963938