UK: FRAUD ‘SHOULD BE TAKEN OUT OF THE HANDS OF LOCAL FORCES’

Police Professional on 3rd December carried an article about the release of a Police Federation report: “More than just a number: Improving the police response to victims of fraud”.  Research by the Police Foundation found that the overwhelming majority of fraud offences do not result in a conviction.  Figures show that there were an estimated 3.2 million frauds in the year to March 2018, but just 638,882 were recorded by the police and industry bodies.  The report says that the consensus among policymakers, academics and law enforcement officials is that “fraud and the harms it causes are not prioritised by the police”.   The report recommends that the way in which the police response to fraud is structured needs to change, although nationally the City of London Police should remain the central reporting hub (Action Fraud) and host the national intelligence centre, the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB).  It said fraud investigations should no longer be the responsibility of local police forces and all investigations should be handled by regional fraud investigation units that would exist alongside the regional organised crime units, co-ordinated and tasked by the City of London Police.   There are many other recommendations made in the report.

https://www.policeprofessional.com/news/fraud-should-be-taken-out-of-the-hands-of-local-forces/

Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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