PABCIS finds a new home
PABCIS, the County Business Crime Reduction Partnership in Staffordshire has always prided itself on its close working relationship with Staffordshire Police and as part of that relationship has access to police systems, and operated from police premises for many years. It forms part of the OPCC Business Crime Plan which is currently being refreshed and reviewed. Recent changes in structures within Staffordshire Police meant the closure of some police premises, amalgamation of departments, and new premises for others. A new home was also needed for PABCIS which would not be detrimental to its successful and consistent operating processes. With membership fast approaching the 900 mark (the target for the year) it was important to ensure the continued service deliver to its members.
May 2018 was a busy time for the team within PABCIS, not only was it to move to its new home – it was also the start of its new financial year, the signing off of Phase 2 PABCIS Action Plan, and with support of the Police and Crime Commissioner funding we also saw the launch of Phase 3 of PABCIS. At the same time PABCIS launched the use of DISC across all but one of its areas in Staffordshire – not to mention its contribution to the launch of the new NABCP during the same period … then there was the small issue of becoming GDPR compliant and all that came with that … although this would have been a challenge facing all BCRPs at that time.
Along with the team of 6, PABCIS continues to work hard to tackle business crime at local level managing the local areas and linking in with the delivery plans of numerous agencies, it also strives to work on a County basis (recently launching its Countywide exclusion scheme), as well as regionally and looks forward to working with partners in helping business to address issues at national level.
Since the move to the Resolution Centre only weeks ago, the team have identified no less than 38 individuals responsible for multiple retail offences. All of these were incidents reported by business to police which were otherwise undetected and unknown offenders…………….we feel this is a good result and a great benefit to collaborative working.