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City cyber ACC appointed to board of crime prevention body

Angela McLaren will use her NPCC cyber crime portfolio to help work of police owned organisation
Published - 09/04/2021 By - Gary Mason

Assistant Commissioner Angela McLaren of the City of London Police has joined the Board of Directors for Police Crime Prevention Initiatives (Police CPI), the police owned organisation that works to deliver crime prevention and demand reduction to support the wider UK police service,

Earlier this year the City of London Police became the national lead force for cyber-crime, a move which prompted the creation of a new Assistant Commissioner role to specifically oversee the significantly greater responsibilities the force now holds within the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) cyber-crime portfolio.

Police CPI’s range of crime prevention and demand reduction initiatives includes the Police Digital Security Centre (Police DSC), which is focused on helping micro and small businesses reduce their vulnerability to cyber-crime. It works closely with Government, industry and academia to raise awareness about the importance of cyber security, showing micro and small businesses how simple changes can protect them from the overwhelming majority of cybercrime.

The Police DSC manage an assessment scheme aimed at helping businesses work towards better cyber security. Digitally Aware is a fully automated online platform giving businesses an opportunity to test their resilience, providing them with a clear and easy to understand picture of their cyber security and any vulnerabilities, as well as giving them access to a range of resources that can help them improve their cyber security further.

Angela started her career with Fife Constabulary in 1996 where she served in several operational and community roles up to the rank of Chief Inspector.

In June 2018, she was promoted to Assistant Chief Constable responsible for Operational Change and Resilience, a portfolio which included the Digitally Enabled Policing Programme and Strategic Design Authority. 

In June 2019, ACC McLaren became the Executive Lead for Organised Crime, Counter Terrorism and Intelligence. 

In December 2020, she joined City of London Police on promotion to the newly created role of Assistant Commissioner responsible for the Economic Crime and Cybercrime. 

Police CPI CEO Guy Ferguson says “We are delighted to welcome Angela McLaren to the Police CPI Board. I am confident that her experience in crime prevention in general and cyber-crime and fraud in particular will help us to make an even more effective contribution to reducing demands upon policing and keeping people safe.”??

Police CPI is a not-for-profit organisation. Senior police officers from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland control and direct the work Police CPI carries out on behalf of the Police Service.

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