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Police Protect Network

Welcome to the Police Protect Network 

Each of the seven forces of the East (Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, Kent and Essex) have dedicated Cyber Crime units who support victims from all communities across the region when cyber crime strikes. The Crime Units are regionally coordinated by the Eastern Region Special Operations Unit (ERSOU) and deliver local support to communities and businesses.

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They work proactively and reactively on significant cyber crime investigations and aim to defend against evolving cyber threats, deter and disrupt hostile action, and identify and utilise expertise to overcome future threats and challenges. Each unit also forms part of Team Cyber UK to deliver the National Cyber Crime Strategy 2016 – 2021 and support the National Cyber Security Centre.​​

 

Cyber Protect Officers are your local point of contact to receive tailored support and guidance and this professional advice can be easily accessed through your local police force, or via the Eastern Cyber Secure website, with priority given to those who are most vulnerable. Having built good working relationships throughout the region, this allows the protect network to share all the best working practices.

You can contact the ERSOU at: cyberprotect@ersou.pnn.police.uk

Meet your local Cyber Protect Officers 
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John Greenwood & Hayley Potter
ERSOU – Eastern Region Special Operations Unit

John and Hayley are the two Cyber Protect co-ordinators at ERSOU. The Protect co-ordinators work with local force Protect officers to help to deliver effective and co-ordinated Cyber Protect messaging that protects the public, businesses and organisations and ensures that the region is secure and resilient to cyber threats. 

Contact the Cyber Protect Co-ordinators at
cyberprotectersou@beds.police.uk

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Nigel Sutton 
Cambridgeshire

Nigel works for Cambridgeshire Constabulary within the Specialist Crime Team at Police HQ, and is a former police officer with over 20 years policing experience. In 2016, he was part of a small team of officers who established the force cyber investigation unit.

 

His current role profile is Fraud and Cyber Security Advisor, he is part of a national Cyber Protect network which requires him to engage and provide information to businesses and local communities about the local threat of Cybercrime, this work includes identifying vulnerabilities and conducting assessments and providing security advice using materials and guidance from the National Cyber Security Centre in London and other sources.

 

A secondary role is the Cyber Choices officer, a national programme led by the National Crime Agency in which he works with partners to educate and prevent young people becoming involved in cyber related criminal activity.

Contact Nigel at

cyberprotectcambs@cambs.pnn.police.uk

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Chris Bales
Norfolk and Suffolk

Chris works for the Cybercrime Unit in Norfolk and Suffolk Constabulary which sits in the Cyber, Intelligence and Serious Crime Directorate within the Protective Services. 

His role has three strands; to engage and provide information to individuals and businesses regarding the threat of Cybercrime, ultimately protecting our communities. This work includes identifying vulnerabilities and conducting assessments and bespoke security advice.
 
In the second strand Chris works with partners to educate and prevent young people becoming involved in this type of criminal activity.
 
Finally, he supports projects which focus on improving the management and threat of Cybercrime through the Regional and National Framework.

Contact Chris at
cyberprotect@norfolk.police.uk
 

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Lee Edwards-Gee
Kent

Lee Joined Kent police in 2004 as a PCSO and has covered many roles including supervisory withing Neighbourhood Policing for the past 19 years. Also working jointly in Kent police alongside Kent County council for 2 years on serious youth violence project.

Lee is the cyber prevent and protect officer and works within the intelligence section of the Serious Crime Directorate and has been in this role since December 2022.

PREVENT

Lee works with young subjects in relation to Prevent matters, working with partners to educate and prevent young people becoming involved in cyber related criminal activity with a national programme led by National Crime Agency. Providing diversionary methods to encourage the young person to use their skills and knowledge to be used withing the boundaries of the law.

 

PROTECT

Lee is also a part of a national Cyber Protect network, which requires her to engage and provide information to businesses and local communities about the local threat of Cyber dependant crimes by delivering awareness, education and prevention advice and making referrals.  

 

Contact Lee at cyberprotect@kent.police.uk

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Alex Matcham
Bedfordshire 

Alex Matcham has been in post as a Cyber Protect & Prevent Staff Officer within the Cyber Hub for two years at Bedfordshire Police.

 

Veridiana Granger has recently joined Bedfordshire Police alongside Alex as a Cyber Protect & Prevent Staff Officer.

 

Their role has multiple strands; to engage and provide Protect information to individuals, businesses, community groups and the education sector regarding the threat of Cybercrime, online safety and ultimately protecting and preventing people from becoming victims of Cybercrime.

 

Both Alex and Veridiana also works with partners to educate and prevent young people who may be at risk or already involved in this type of criminal activity, working with them to guide them away from crime and educating them on how their skills can be used within the boundaries of the law.

 

Contact Alex and Veridiana at CyberProtectBeds@beds.police.uk

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Veridiana Granger
Bedfordshire 

Veridiana Granger has recently joined Bedfordshire Police alongside Alex as a Cyber Protect & Prevent Staff Officer.

 

Their role has multiple strands; to engage and provide Protect information to individuals, businesses, community groups and the education sector regarding the threat of Cybercrime, online safety and ultimately protecting and preventing people from becoming victims of Cybercrime.

 

Both Alex and Veridiana also works with partners to educate and prevent young people who may be at risk or already involved in this type of criminal activity, working with them to guide them away from crime and educating them on how their skills can be used within the boundaries of the law.

 

Contact Alex and Veridiana at CyberProtectBeds@beds.police.uk

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Chen Tsui
Hertfordshire 

Chen is the Cyber Protect and Prevent Officer and works for the Serous Fraud and Cyber Unit in Hertfordshire Constabulary. As part of Team Cyber UK network, Chen is responsible for delivering the ‘Protect’ and ‘Prevent’ strands of the Constabulary’s Cybercrime strategy and more generally the National Cyber Strategy, collaborating with partners in both the private and public sector, including peers at a regional and national level.

From a ‘Protect’ perspective, Chen delivers awareness, education and prevention advice to businesses, charities, and local communities to help reduce the impact of cybercrime against both the public and businesses.

Chen also works closely with partners and the educational sector to identify and divert young individuals who commit cybercrime offences and offer them alternative paths within the commercial world to steer them away from hacking and committing cybercrime.

Contact Chen at hertscyberprotect@herts.police.uk

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Nicola Doubleday
Essex

Nicola works within the Prevent and Protect Team based at Rayleigh Police Station alongside Gavin Saunders. They work within the Intelligence section of the Serious Crime Directorate.

Nicola's prevent and protect experience comes from work conducted in previous roles. Nicola has been a member of support staff for 25 years covering a variety of roles, and more recently under the Op Signature banner in relation to vulnerable victims of fraud. which led her in to the world of prevent and protect.

 

PREVENT

Nicola works with young subjects in relation to Prevent matters, Prevent is about engaging with those on the cusp or who have committed low level cybercrime. It is about providing positive support to the young person; and providing diversionary methods to encourage the young person to use their skill and knowledge for good.

 

PROTECT

Nicola is also a part of a national Cyber Protect network ,engaging with everyone from school children to the older generation, individuals and businesses providing bespoke cyber security advice. This is conducted by delivering sessions at community events and talks for groups, networking and online training using materials and guidance from the National Cyber Security Centre and other sources.  

Contact Nicola at Nicola.Doubleday@essex.police.uk

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