Fighting fraud with the police and crime commissioner
Our manifesto proposals for the next police and crime commissioner.
- The police and crime commissioner should make tackling fraud and cyber-crime a priority area.
- The police and crime commissioner should use their commissioning powers to look into what support they can provide for victims of fraud and vulnerable groups.
- The police should ensure that their regional teams are regularly sent data from Action Fraud and the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau on the latest frauds and scams happening in their area, including victims’ details.
- The police should focus its efforts on tackling organised fraud rings, particularly those they suspect are using the proceeds from their scams and frauds to commit and fund other crime, and prolific fraud rings that are targeting vulnerable people.
- The police should ensure that all new police officers have more detailed information on fraud and scams in their initial police training.
- The police should use their cadet force to raise awareness of fraud and cyber-crime to younger people.
- The police should look to create a unit of Special Constables focused on fraud. The recruitment should encourage recently retired officers, fraud prevention professionals and academics that are specialists in fraud and cyber-crime to join this unit. These special constables should focus on talking to small businesses in their local areas about fraud, any scams or frauds local companies are spotting, and offer prevention tips. Through doing this the Police should be able to spot local trends and pick up unreported fraud and cyber-crime. This would be a similar set up to the National Counter Terrorism Security Office policing unit.