Improving the local response to fraud

Improving the local response to fraud

The impact of fraud

Previous research by the Police Foundation has found that a disproportionate amount of fraud is organised and that it is highly prevalent. Although it has a significant and sometimes damaging impact on communities, it is not a priority for many local police forces. It also largely falls outside the responsibility of many agencies, including the police. This project seeks to understand how the local response to fraud can be improved.

Project aims

This research aims to provide an overview of the current response to fraud. It will seek to understand the roles of local agencies dealing with fraud, and their relationships, to provide recommendations for improving how fraud is tackled. The project is investigating:

  • How information relating to fraud is gathered, shared and analysed.
  • How fraudulent activity is identified, assessed and prioritised within forces and across other agencies.
  • The powers, roles and responsibilities of agencies in the public, private and third sectors have to tackled fraud and how these bodies work together effectively (or not).
  • The resources deployed by particular agencies, how effective these are and what good practice looks like.

The research is covering three main areas:

  • Perpetrators of fraud.
  • Victims of fraud.
  • Protecting the public from fraud.

For further information about the project contact Mike Skidmore.