Women in Leadership
West Yorkshire Police Cybercrime lead DCI Vanessa Smith is featured in a Guardian Online “Women in Leadership. Women in Technology” series
This is not her first pioneering leadership role. She became one of the first detectives – and only woman – on the homicide and major enquiry team and later served as a detective inspector in intelligence, then child protection and safeguarding where her responsibilities included managing sex offenders.
In the article, DCI Smith says: “Cyber is portrayed as something you have to be Stephen Hawking to understand.” For her it’s very simple. It’s people using new technology to commit age-old crimes, from intimidation and kidnap to theft and child abuse.
“The computer is just the new crowbar,” she says. “Criminals have evolved their methods, so police have to evolve how they catch them.”