As the National Policing Lead for the Financial Crime Portfolio I am delighted to welcome you to the third annual Fraud and Financial Crime Conference.
The threat posed by serious and organised financial crime is better understood than ever before, but as this understanding grows, so does the ever changing challenge as sophisticated criminals constantly seek out and exploit new and fertile opportunities. Fraud and Financial Crime is not only a policing and law enforcement issue. The harm spreads far and wide, as does the responsibility for understanding, challenging and tackling the problem and any effective strategy must be based on developing a clear and shared understanding, improving intelligence development and collection, effective enforcement, disruption and problem solving.
Working with partners we have achieved some outstanding results against criminals in recent years, but we are not complacent. There is more to do to protect the public from the effects of crime, which continues to grow in complexity and challenges. Criminals are becoming more innovative, using rapidly advancing technology and they are often geographically removed from their victims and we need to think differently and work together to maximise opportunities for disruption. There has to be effective and meaningful engagement with communities, business, academia, charities and the voluntary sector in a collective effort to stifle the opportunities, deter the criminals and protect the public.
Tackling these challenges is beyond the capacity and capabilities of any one body and we can no longer act in isolation nor can any one agency hold all the tools required for a comprehensive response. The coming together of agencies at events such as this go a long way towards helping achieve our duty to protect citizens of the UK and I am in no doubt that previous events have led to a positive change in our approach to economic crime investigation. This conference is now recognised as one of the largest multi-agency events in law enforcement and I urge you to take full advantage of all of the learning available and sincerely hope you enjoy the next two days.
Assistant Chief Constable
NPCC Financial Crime Portfolio