City of London Police welcome fraud inclusion in Strategic Policing Requirement
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The City of London Police, as the national lead force for fraud, has long advocated that fraud be a national priority within the Strategic Policing Requirement.
Assistant Commissioner Pete O’Doherty, from the City of London Police, said:
“The scale of and threat from fraud is constantly evolving and the City of London Police, as the national lead force for fraud, has long advocated that it be a national priority within the Strategic Policing Requirement. We welcome that this is now a requirement, meaning police forces across the country will now include fraud as a priority when they set their own individual policing plans.
“Fraud is a unique and challenging crime which accounts for more than 40 per cent of all crime in England and Wales, and its scale and gravity has a huge impact on both individual victims and businesses. Effectively tackling fraud requires a whole-system approach and the City of London Police is committed to working with partners across government and the public and private sectors to achieve this.
“Policing is doing more and more to protect victims, prevent fraud and disrupt offenders. As the national lead force, we work with police forces across the UK, other law enforcement agencies and industry partners to reduce the harm of fraud for victims and increase criminal justice outcomes. We are also redesigning the Action Fraud reporting system to make it easier to make reports of fraud and create greater opportunities to identify and apprehend criminals.”