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Samantha Marlow (Police, Comms Officer, Thames Valley)We have joined up with the Metropolitan Police to produce our own version of the Little Book of Cyber Scams, to give information and advice to you and local businesses.
The 40-page booklet covers a wide range of cyber and cyber-enabled threats, including malware and ransomware, social engineering attacks – where cyber crime is made possible by someone gathering data deceitfully in person, by phone or email – denial of service attacks and data leakage.
It follows the successful ‘Little Book of Big Scams’, now in its third edition, and can be viewed and downloaded via theThames Valley Police website.
While some of the information is targeted at businesses, the advice is relevant to all and we hope you find it useful.
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Sophie Dyer (Police staff, Comms , Forcewide)
Thames Valley Police is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its Police Support Volunteer scheme and thanking all of its volunteers, past and present as national Volunteers’ Week gets under way.
The first Police Support Volunteers (PSV) joined Thames Valley Police in 1997. Twenty years on, there are 539 PSVs who, along with our 244 Police Cadets and 491 Special Constables, give up their own time to help the force keep Thames Valley safe.
From accountants to app designers and translators to forensics support, Thames Valley’s PSVs are all ages and come from all different backgrounds. They include puppy socialisers, role players for training exercises and neighbour dispute mediators – the roles are diverse and the force’s PSVs have wide-ranging skills.
In the past year, volunteers have given a combined total of almost 200,000 hours of their time to support the force’s work.
Volunteers’ Week runs from 1-7 June and is being marked as part of the force’s Active Communities campaign, to encourage more people to get active and involved in policing matters and other issues affecting their communities.
ACC Nikki Ross, force lead for Local Policing, said: “You don’t have to volunteer directly with Thames Valley Police to be active within your community. Whether it’s joining your local Neighbourhood Watch, getting involved with your Community Forum or simply attending one of your local Have Your Say meetings you can work with us to help keep your community safe.”
If you are interested in volunteering, find out more on the Thames Valley Police website. You can also see our information page for further information.
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