Fraud training delivered to Met police and local authorities in Bexley, Greenwich and Lewisham

Fraud training delivered to Met police and local authorities in Bexley, Greenwich and Lewisham

13 February 2019

The Economic Crime Academy (ECA) have delivered training to delegates in the Metropolitan Police’s Bexley, Greenwich and Lewisham Basic Command Unit (BCU) on how to handle high numbers of volume and priority fraud.

As well as officers and staff from the BCU’s Criminal Investigation Department (CID), Response, Neighbourhoods and Policy team, there was also staff from Trading Standards and the Local Authority in attendance.

The course fed into the Metropolitan Police’s ongoing ambition to create better partnership working arrangements and awareness, not just across the police force’s different departments, but also across the agencies in the area.

With fraud cases on the rise across the UK, delegates were provided with the knowledge and expertise to conduct effective investigations into fraud offences.

After successfully completing of the course, the delegates are now able to implement the skills they learnt, including:

- Explaining the nature of frequently-reported fraud types
- Identifying the key enablers of fraud
- Understanding case management considerations specific to fraud investigations
- Explaining the powers and procedures which enable investigators to effectively recover and seize relevant material during fraud investigations

DC Carl Norcliffe of the Economic Crime Academy, who led on the delivery of the course, said:

“We were really pleased with how the course went. The Metropolitan Police’s organisation of the facilities and delegates ensured that it was delivered efficiently.

“The variety of the delegates also made the delivery of the course more effective, as different departments of the forces and other agencies were able to learn together and develop their partnership working. This will put them in a good position for when they use their newly acquired knowledge and skills during fraud investigations.”

Superintendent Andrew Ricketts of the South East BCU (Bexley, The Royal Borough of Greenwich and Lewisham), said:

“Operation Mercury* - a multi-agency project to help the fight against fraud in all its forms - has provided a fantastic opportunity for the South East Command. It has raised our capabilities in tackling the rise in fraud, which impacts on so many people within our communities.

“I recognise the value that the Economic Crime Academy brings with worldwide expertise in this field. They have assisted my officers in identifying how best to effectively tackle this crime type that is often committed against some of the most vulnerable members of our community. The South East Command looks forward to ongoing partnership work a range of partners, including the Economic Crime Academy.”

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