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Police Crime and Prevention Initiatives become the accreditation body for BCRPs

Police Crime and Prevention Initiatives (PCPI) has become the accreditation body for Business Crime Partnerships (BCRPs).

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Over the last 18 months the National Business Crime Centre (NBCC), have created a set of accreditation standards for BCRPs. PCPI, who owns and operates the trading entity Secured by Design (SBD) on behalf of the Police Services of the United Kingdom, will be the accrediting body.

The standards were developed alongside a group of industry professionals, including staff from the BCRP sector and business.

Georgina Barnard, NBCC Operational Lead, said: “The standards provide a solid starting point and we intend to review them regularly to ensure that they remain fit for purpose.”

BCRPs are business-led, non-profit making action groups who work with businesses to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour within the business community. Working alongside police, local authorities and partner agencies, BCRPs perform a valuable function as part of local community efforts to create a safer environment to live, work and visit.

The BCRP accreditation process aims to recognise good practice and professionalism, alongside checks to ensure compliance with ethics and the law, especially with regard to the General Data Protection Regulation.

It is expected that accreditation will enhance the level of partnership working nationally and encourage continued, significant, national business investment in BCRPs.

In addition, the intention is that it will provide reassurance to Police Forces that data shared with BCRP partner organisations will be utilised in a responsible manner to reduce criminal activity.

“We want BCRPs and their businesses, including their management and employees, to feel confident and empowered to take action to work with Police Forces and Local Authorities to make their local communities safer and stronger.” said Jon Cole, PCPI Operating Officer.

Georgina Barnard went onto say "We want to promote better and more consistent working between Police Forces and their local BCRPs. By demonstrating that accredited partnerships meet the national standard, we will give Police Forces the confidence to ‘dare to share’ information and act on the information they receive from BCRPs to promote collaborative working.”

The National Association of Business Crime Partnerships are pleased to be one of the two Assessing Organisations working with the NBCC that have been authorised to carry out assessments leading to accreditation.

David Wilson, NABCP Partnership Manager said: “The National Association of Business Crime Partnerships has been involved from the outset in the creation of these new national standards and we are delighted to now be an Accrediting Organisation. As the nationally recognised organisation to represent Business Crime Partnership we will continue to work with our partners, reducing crime and anti-social behaviour in our towns and cities.”

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Kylie Wroe