West Yorkshire Police voice support of Safer Internet Day initiative

Cyber specialists from West Yorkshire Police are supporting a global initiative which aims to promote a better internet.

Safer Internet Day is an annual event held across the world – this year on Tuesday 11 February.

Experts will also be on hand at key locations across West Yorkshire to offer help and advice in person.

Detective Inspector Dan Tillett, the cyber-crime lead for the Force said: “Our work to protect people against cybercrime is constantly ongoing but Safer Internet Day provides a great opportunity to help spread the message.

“Knowledge is vital in helping to reduce your chances of being a victim of cyber crime and we wholeheartedly support Safer Internet Day and the ideals behind it.”

Speaking on the annual event, Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, said: “Safer Internet Day is a great opportunity to raise awareness of the fact that the vast majority of cyber crime is preventable.

“All the information you need to keep you and your loved ones safe is available by getting in touch with us or by linking in to one of the events West Yorkshire Police and our partners are running throughout the day.

"Tackling cyber crime and keeping our communities safe is one of our key priorities and I have previously invested funding to help create a dedicated Cyber Crime Unit to enhance West Yorkshire Police’s ability to combat this type of crime.

“Prevention is better than the cure, so I would urge that Safer Internet Day is used to speak to your loved ones, or anyone you feel may be vulnerable, to make sure they are taking the proper precautions online against possible perpetrators, and to continue those conversations on a regular basis.”

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