Falcon funding bid for Regional and Force Level Cyber Response

Reference code: 
PCD 371
Date signed: 
16 April 2018
Authorisation name: 
Sophie Linden, Deputy Mayor, Policing and Crime

Executive summary

This report seeks permission for the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) to bid to the Home Office for continued funding to support the Cyber Crime response across Pursue, Prevent, Protect, and Prepare (4P’s). The bid will cover 2018/19 and summary bids for 2019/20 and 2020/21:

Summary of bids
2018/19        £3,240,580
2019/20         £3,059,618
2020/21         £2,810,156
Total bid £9,110,354

This bid enhances the current MPS force cyber capability whilst enabling it to keep pace with technological changes and fund the London regional response for cyber crime.
 

Recommendation

The DMPC is asked to;
-    Approve a bid from MPS to Home Office of £3,240,580 to support SCO7 Falcon Cyber Crime response covering Pursue Prevent, Protect and Prepare 2018/19
-    Approve a bid from MPS to Home Office of £3,059,618 to provide continued funding to support SCO7 Falcon Cyber Crime response covering Pursue Prevent, Protect and Prepare 2019/20
-    Approve a bid from MPS to Home Office of £2,810,516 to provide continued funding to support SCO7 Falcon Cyber Crime response covering Pursue Prevent, Protect and Prepare 2019/20
 

Non-confidential facts and advice to the Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime (DMPC)

1.    Introduction and background

1.1.    Falcon is the MPS response to cyber dependant and enabled acquisitive crime by providing a holistic 4P approach to fraud and cyber crimes.  Within Falcon, the cybercrime unit (CCU) responds to both all force level cyber dependant crime as well as regional level crimes for London which are tasked through the National Crime Agency (NCA) and the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB). 

1.2.    There was an exponential increase last year of criminal use of crypto currencies reflecting a current gap in the broader policing context.  A crypto currency strategy, toolkit and training will assist policing nationally, provide guidance and development will also provide data to influence legislation and sentencing.   

1.3.    Falcon’s Prevent Protect Prepare receives funding for staff, equipment and training to enhance the response in relation to cybercrime. The aim of the team is to empower the public and businesses to protect themselves from cybercrime increasing their knowledge and capability.  The team will also focus on preventing those in danger of becoming cyber criminals through a series of interventions and thus moving forward reducing the need for pursue.  

2.    Issues for consideration

2.1.    The bid proposal includes plans to;
•    Continuation of an effective response for London (incorporating the City of London Police), targeting organised crime groups affecting London both locally and nationally.
•    2-year funding for ISO17025 accreditation 
•    Building intelligence capability to support cyber investigations.
•    Developing a crypto currency operational strategy and tool kit to be shared nationally with other forces. 
•    Development of or access to training in relation to crypto currencies. 
•    Roll out of the MPS Cyber Application (‘app’) for frontline officers nationally


3.    Financial Comments

3.1    The total bid request from Home Office over the three years is £9,110,354.

4.    Legal Comments

4.1.    This report seeks MOPAC’s approval to be bid for grant funding of £9,110,354. Para 4.8 of the MOPAC Scheme of Consent and Delegation provides the DMPC with delegated power to approve any bid for grant funding.

4.2.    The grant agreement will be published under the Elected Local Policing Bodies (Specified Information) Order 2011.

5.    Equality Comments

5.1.    There are no direct equality or diversity implications arising from this report. 

6.    Background/supporting papers

6.1.    Report.
 


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