Enhancing police resources in the fight against economic crime

Perpetuity Research together with the Centre for Cybercrime and Economic Crime at Portsmouth University has undertaken research to explore the opportunities that exist in the private and not-for-profit sectors for the police to utilise in order to tackle economic crime more effectively. Economic crime is one of the most prolific forms of offending and costs society billions of pounds every year, yet it remains a low police priority. Police resources are limited, and the increasing complexity and diversity of economic crime present further challenges to policing capacity and capabilities.

In contrast, the private and not-for-profit sectors boast significantly greater resources than the police, with a variety of personnel involved in tackling economic crime, often acting in isolation from law enforcement. Nonetheless, there is potential for collaboration between the police and these sectors, which could also prove cost-effective; however, this potential has never been systematically explored. This research will, therefore, identify and map the types of activities and expertise that exist within the private and not-for-profit sectors for tackling the fraud problem, which could benefit the police. The project will assess to what extent the police can engage with these sectors and highlight any obstacles that currently impede this untapped potential. Finally, it will draw out case studies that demonstrate best practices and consider what a strategy for ‘partnering’ engagement might look like.

Contact Perpetuity Research 

If you are involved with or are aware of any partnership activities established to tackle fraud, whether in detecting and preventing fraud or supporting victims, Perpetuity Research would be interested in hearing from you. Please contact Dr Janice Goldstraw-White at , the lead researcher on this project.