Deputy Chief Constable Trevor Rodenhurst has praised officers from the Eastern Region Special Operations Unit (ERSOU) after they won a prestigious award yesterday (Thursday).
ERSOU were honoured for their work on Operation Polarity; a three year long investigation in to cracking a cyber-attack.
The team worked with the National Crime Agency, the FBI and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) during the investigation.
No operations on this level had ever been attempted before and cybercrime investigation was still in its infancy when the attack occurred.
The team had to deal with an enormous amount of seized data equating to 10 TB (around 50 million pages of A4) and ERSOU led on the work to get this data into a format that would meet Crown Prosecution disclosure requirements.
The awards evening, which was held in London, is the first of its kind and recognised policing work from across the globe. The force was one of 54 finalists, and beat over 100 entries from across the globe. The force were also nominated for a further three operations.
The awards celebrated and acknowledged the best in all aspects of 21st century policing and reflect that effective modern day policing requires partnership and collaboration. The awards also recognised that successful outcomes and developments in policing come from a blend of innovative, committed and well trained personnel, who serve, engage and protect the public, delivering good practice, using technology and systems to police efficiently and effectively.
Deputy Chief Constable Trevor Rodenhurst said: “It was a pleasure to attend the first World Class Policing Awards, and I am extremely proud of the work that went into the investigation that has resulted in this award.
“The awards evening has shown that there is incredible work going on all over the world to protect members of the public and continue to fight crime.
“I would like to thank everyone who was part of the investigation for their hard work during the investigation.”