Cybercrime Under Expansion
Cybercrime Under Expansion: Mrs May’s proposals are set to include a whole raft of measures to give more power to support staff and volunteers. Forces will be able to identify volunteers who specialize in accountancy or computing for cyber and finance inquiries, she said. She was “committed to finishing the job of police reform”, she added.
Mrs May said: “Police officers across the country carry out a wide range of duties, keeping the public safe and ensuring justice for the most vulnerable members of society.
“We value the essential role they play, but they cannot do this on their own.
“We want to help forces to create a more flexible workforce, bring in new skills and free up officers’ time to focus on the jobs only they can carry out.” There are currently 16,000 volunteer police officers in England and Wales, known as special constables. Dave Jones, National Police Chiefs’ Council lead for citizens in policing, said: “The new approach to designating police powers will help the police service be more flexible when it comes to attracting and deploying volunteers with valuable skills, especially in situations where the full powers of a constable are not necessary.
“The onus on chief constables is to use the powers wisely, ensure they fit the needs of local policing and provide appropriate training so that they help us keep our communities safe.”