NCA Director General set to prioritise fraud
Home Secretary Priti Patel has appointed Graeme Biggar CBE as Director General of the National Crime Agency (NCA) to lead the fight against serious and organised crime and bring drug and people traffickers to justice.
One of his focuses as Director General will be on improving fraud investigations and ensuring the NCA have the resources it needs to investigate and disrupt widespread corruption, tackle fraud as well as go after businesses that enable money laundering.
APCC Lead for Fraud and Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Shelford said: “I am delighted to hear the news that the new Chief of the NCA will be prioritising fraud, especially as this type of crime continues to increase exponentially. Fraud is one of the fastest growing crime types and I have heard first-hand how it impacts those who fall victim to it. We must get a handle on this situation to stop more people becoming victims and recognising fraud as a priority is the first step in effectively investigating this type of crime.
“The UK must become a hostile place for fraudsters, which can only be achieved if agencies on a national, regional and local level work together collaboratively. We do not only need a joint-up approach to bring offenders to justice but a coordinated communications approach to ensure people know how to protect themselves from becoming victims of merciless scams in the first place.”