A Home Office funding injection of over £1m to Nottinghamshire Police is, said Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping, “the very welcome green light the force needs to lead the establishment of a national business crime reduction hub.”
A scheme designed to address business crime issues in a more consistent way across the UK, it will set up shared and co-ordinated activity that will be helpful to all police forces. “I am delighted to know that the project will soon be underway,” the Commissioner said. “It promises to be a big, important step towards responding to the evolving crime threat to businesses across the country, and will undoubtedly be money well spent.”
He went on: “Nottinghamshire has a long record and excellent reputation for tackling retail issues, which the Home Office clearly recognises in providing this financial support. I strongly believe that the closer our forces work together, sharing both information and ways of working, the more effective we will be in tackling and preventing crime.”
Chief Constable Sue Fish, the National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) lead for Business Crime said: “I am delighted that we have been awarded significant funding to address business crime through the establishment of a national business crime hub and by taking the National Business Crime Solution (NBCS) to the next level. It is good news for business and the police.”
Two other awards from the Home Office’s police transformation fund will also bring benefit to Nottinghamshire. One of these – to be led by Lincolnshire – is for all five East Midlands forces to develop a non-crime ICT platform.
The other, involving a total of £500k for Nottinghamshire over three years, will enable the force to lead a national project where private companies work with the police on intelligence matters and cyber issues.
In this latest round of funding, Home Secretary Amber Rudd has awarded £26m over the next three years to 28 policing projects. The awards, she said, offered a real opportunity to police leaders and police and crime commissioners “to transform policing for the future, and to respond to the changing nature of crime.”
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Posted on Tuesday 6th December 2016