In 2018, the Home Secretary commissioned Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) to carry out a thematic inspection of fraud. This report has now been published. In 2019, the report made 16 recommendations and identified 5 areas for improvement (AFI). It has e revisited the previous inspection to see how the police service has responded to the recommendations and AFI made in that report. This report presents findings on the progress that has been made. It says that since the publication of the 2019 report, not enough has changed. Too many victims still receive a poor service and are denied justice. The investigation and prevention of fraud offences, by police forces, remain under-resourced and are not given enough priority. Also, there are too few fraudsters held to account, and the conclusions from the 2019 report remain largely unresolved. Nonetheless, the report has made 3 further recommendations.
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