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 very damaging impact on communities it is not a priority for many local police forces and it 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, to understand the roles of relevant local agencies, and their relationships, and to provide recommendations for improving the response. The project is investigating:

  • How information relating to fraud is gathered, shared and analysed to understand the crime, including organised fraud and cyber-enabled fraud.
  • How fraudulent activity is identified, assessed and prioritised within police forces and across other agencies.
  • The powers, roles and responsibilities of relevant agencies in the public, private and third sectors around tackling 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 key areas: the perpetrators of fraud, victims of fraud and protecting the public from fraud. These elements are being examined in conjuction with one another in order to understand how local resources should be balanced.

For further information about the project contact Mike Skidmore.