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2020: UK: Understanding the police response to fraud: the challenges in configuring a response to a low-priority crime on the rise

Skidmore, Michael; Goldstraw-White, Janice; Gill, Martin.  Public Money & Management; Oxford Vol. 40, Iss. 5, (Jul 2020): 369-379. DOI:10.1080/09540962.2020.1714203


Abstract: "Previous research has demonstrated the comparative lack of priority fraud receives from government and law enforcement in the UK compared to other serious offences, as well as shortcomings in the overall approach to investigation. This paper examines the current state of affairs in the light of changes aimed at addressing these limitations. It incorporates findings from a national survey of police forces, as well as a local survey of police personnel in three forces supplemented by interviews. The findings suggest that the situation has become more complicated. Many police officers interviewed did not feel that the police response in their own area was effective, and that their colleagues often lacked the appropriate skill sets needed. Moreover, forces were not confident they were recruiting the right people to tackle fraud. The paper has important lessons for policing internationally."

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