PCC Barry Coppinger with staff from TSB Redcar, Victim Care and Advice Service and Home Instead Senior Care during Fraud Awareness Week in July.
Some of the country’s top fraud investigators travelled up from London to Cleveland Police HQ in Middlesbrough this week, when the force hosted a regional Action Fraud conference.
Leading officers for fraud and economic crime from forces across the region and the North East Regional Specialist Operations Unit, along with representatives from the Victim Care and Advice Service – Cleveland, Durham and Darlington, were invited to the conference organised by Detective Chief Inspector Matt Murphy-King of Cleveland Police’s Serious and Organised Crime Unit.
The day focused on sharing best practice surrounding the investigation of fraud with talks from senior officers from the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau and City of London Police, which is the national lead force for Economic Crime and Investigation in the UK.
Action Fraud is the UK’s national fraud reporting centre for fraud and cyber crime, providing a single point of contact for reporting all fraud and joining up intelligence which leads to more targeted enforcement action. The reporting service is open to police forces, small businesses, large corporations, charities and members of the public.
Detective Chief Inspector Matt Murphy-King said: “This was an excellent opportunity for us to learn best practice from officers in City of London Police and the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau who deal with frauds on a daily basis.
“I would hope that in the future, this could become an annual regional event as every officer who attended this conference has benefited from the advice of the speakers. They can now take these lessons and apply them to any future fraud investigations.”
Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland, Barry Coppinger, said: “This was an excellent opportunity for everyone to learn more about dealing with fraud. Not only the investigation aspect, but also to take a look at how victims of fraud can be affected by the crime.
“Victims are our priority and the aim of the Victim Care and Advice Service is to deliver high quality support to victims of crime including fraud, which can leave victims feeling betrayed and unable to trust.”
Anyone can report fraud to Action Fraud via www.actionfraud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040.
Posted on Tuesday 4th October 2016