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Meet your new Cyber Protect Officer

September 11, 2017
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Nottinghamshire Police has appointed a brand new Cyber Protect Officer to help keep you safe from online fraud.

Paul Johnson has a background in Systems Administration and graduated from Nottingham Trent University with a degree in Philosophy and Linguistics.

His new role will be to safeguard vulnerable victims, provide advice in relation to protecting and preventing people from cyber fraud and helping communities in Nottinghamshire avoid becoming victims of such crimes. He will also be working closely with businesses and other organisations raising awareness of ways in which they could be targeted and making sure they are protected to the best of their ability.

It is the first time Nottinghamshire will have an officer specifically dedicated to these tasks and a second Cyber Protect Officer is currently being recruited.

The posts have been made available through the ARIS funding which is a pot of money recovered from criminals.

Detective Inspector Yvonne Dales from Organised Crime-Fraud said: "We are so excited to introduce Paul to the force. Fraud and cybercrime affect so many people, it's frustrating because it's completely preventable but scams in particular are becoming more sophisticated and are changing all the time. So, with our new Protect Officers we hope to be able to speak to more people, offer advice and raise awareness to prevent people falling victim in the first place."

Paul said: "I'm really happy to be joining Notts police in what I believe to be such an important role. I am a self-confessed computer geek and find the online world fascinating. It can be such a positive method and make our day-to-day lives so much easier in so many ways, it's a shame that there a people out there waiting to take advantage. However, I am passionate that we can fight back and see my role and raising awareness key to putting an end to online fraud."

Paul will be hitting the streets over the next few weeks to introduce himself, speak to people and offer advice. If you have any questions for him, please don't hesitate to get in touch through 101 or by emailing nottsprotect@nottinghamshire.pnn.police.uk.

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Notes to Editors

Paul is available for interview. Please contact Holly in the media team on 101 EXT 3110648.

101 is the number to call when you need to contact Nottinghamshire Police and it’s less urgent than a 999 call. Calls cost 15p, no matter how long the call lasts.