Implementing national policing agendas and strategies for fraud at local level

Author:Alan Doig
Position:Newcastle Business School, Northumbria University, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK
Pages:984-996
SUMMARY

Purpose The purpose of this study is to assess, since the 2006 Fraud Review, recommendations, strategies and consequential organisational and other changes at national, regional and local levels relating to fraud, using the Northeast as a case study. It also notes that implementation may have been influenced by institutional changes and related emerging governmental policy agendas and institutional changes relating to organised crime, terrorism and cybercrime. Design/methodology/approach The research for the paper was undertaken by desk reviews of primary and secondary material. The paper ... (see full summary)

 
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Implementing national policing
agendas and strategies for fraud
at local level
Alan Doig
Newcastle Business School, Northumbria University, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK
Abstract
Purpose The purpose of thisstudy is to assess, since the 2006 Fraud Review, recommendations, strategies
and consequential organisational and otherchanges at national, regional and local levels relating to fraud,
using the Northeast as a case study. It also notes that implementation may have been inuenced by
institutionalchanges and related emerging governmental policyagendas and institutional changes relating to
organisedcrime, terrorism and cybercrime.
Design/methodology/approach The research for the paper was undertaken by desk reviews of
primary and secondary material. The paper also involved face-to-face interviews with personnel from the
regional fraud unit and the three North-east police forcesfraud units. The interviews were semi-structured
and were conducted on grounds of anonymity for the personnel and the forces involved, with a focus on
trends and issues. The personnelwere invited to comment on a draft of the paper in terms of accuracy of the
information they provided;no revisions or additions were proposed. Interpretation of that informationis the
sole responsibilityof the author.
Findings The paper nds that, despite the decade since the Fraud Review, issues of effectiveness or
relevance of nationalfraud strategies, absence of incentives and identiablebenets and continuous inuence
of competing agendas onpolice priorities continue to marginalise fraud as a mainstreampolice function and
limit the levelof resource committed to what also continues to be a risingarea of criminality.
Research limitations/implications The research looks at the recommendations, strategies and
consequentialorganisational and other changes at national, regional and locallevels through implementation
by four policing units in the North-east. It also notes that implementation may have been inuenced by
institutionalchanges and related emerging governmental policyagendas and institutional changes relating to
organised crime,terrorism and cybercrime. While the research is limited in that, it draws on the experience of
three local and one regional fraud unit; its ndings support further research about the implementation of
strategiesand agendas in practice on the ground.
Practical implications The research validates many of the ndings by Her Majestys Inspectorate of
Constabulary (HMIC)and supports the need to review national strategies to ensureeffective implementation
at local levelfor what also continues to be a rising area of criminality.
Social implications The research raises importantissues concerning public concern over fraud where
majority of frauds are of high volume, low value with low levels of recovery and usually targeted at
individualsbut where the policing responses are targeted elsewhere.
Originality/value The research is the rst study on the local implementation of national strategies on fraud
and raises positive and less positive aspects of how far national strategies and intentions are addressed on the ground.
Keywords Fraud, Police, Fraud strategies
Paper type Research paper
Introduction: the context of the 2006 Fraud Review
Fraud: context and concerns
Much of the present national policy, institutional and procedural issues affecting the
policing of fraud at local and regional levels derives from the 2006 Fraud Review. The
JFC
25,4
984
Journalof Financial Crime
Vol.25 No. 4, 2018
pp. 984-996
© Emerald Publishing Limited
1359-0790
DOI 10.1108/JFC-04-2017-0027
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