SOCEX, Economic Crime Conference 2021

24-25 November, Stratford-upon-Avon

Letter of Invitation

Ian Dyson, Commissioner, City of London Police

The threat posed by serious and organised economic crime remains as large as ever. The challenge of the ongoing pandemic has required us to implement new and innovative ways of working, a challenge equally met head on by some of those who we seek to bring to justice. Perseverance, improved governance and the direct deployment of technology and trained assets across law and enforcement, with the support from the private sector and stakeholders, lead us to believe our understanding of the salient issues concerning economic crime is continually improving.

Unsurprisingly, as our 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.

Any effective strategy to combat this harmful threat must be based on developing a clear and shared understanding, improving intelligence development and collection, effective enforcement, disruption, and problem solving. Whether this is achievable or otherwise we should put the victim at the heart of our work and ensure that they are provided with the capability to protect themselves or where this is not possible, we should seek to protect the most vulnerable.

Working with partners we have achieved some outstanding results against criminals in recent years, but we should not be complacent. There is more to do to protect the public from the effects of crime, which continues to grow in complexity and its associated challenges. Criminals are becoming more innovative, using rapidly advancing technology and they are often geographically removed from their victims.

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 capability and capacity of any single agency or organisation. We can no longer act in isolation and must position ourselves to utilise the collective armoury of tools and resources at our disposal across law enforcement and beyond to ensure a comprehensive and combative approach. A determined and collaborative approach will go a long way towards helping us achieve our duty to protect the citizens of the UK.

I am in no doubt that previous Economic Crime Conferences have led to a positive change in our approach to economic crime investigation. This forum is recognised as one of the largest multi-agency economic crime events in law enforcement and I am delighted that we will be able to deliver the Conference as a face-to-face event in 2021.  I urge you to take full advantage of all of the learning available and sincerely hope you enjoy this year’s Conference.

Ian Dyson, Commissioner, City of London Police

About the Economic Crime Conference

A gathering of practitioners and managers from across the UK and beyond to examine the challenges faced by those responsible for investigating this rapidly evolving crime type.

The conference will provide opportunities to learn about and exchange best practice relating to the detection, prosecution and strategic management of Fraud, Money Laundering, and all aspects of Financial Crime.

Who should attend?

Anyone involved in the business area of Fraud and Financial Investigation from Police Forces, HMRC, NCA, Local Authorities and all government law enforcement agencies including policy makers, managers, and practitioners.

Why should colleagues attend this conference?

Hear the latest investigative techniques and methods, most up to date application and best practice re new powers on multi-agency investigations from those at the cutting edge tackling the current and emerging threats from Financial Crime.

If you have any questions, please contact or call 0785 234 9643

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