Industry will have access to intelligence on organised criminal gangs

ACPO IFB Fraud Insurance Police

The Insurance Fraud Bureau (IFB) and the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) have agreed to share intelligence on organised criminal gangs.

A formal intelligence sharing agreement was signed today by IFB head of intelligence Stephen Dalton and the chief constable of Durham constabulary, Michael Barton, on behalf of ACPO.

With access to police intelligence, the IFB can accurately identify organised criminal gangs who are engaged in cross-industry insurance fraud and work with the police to develop operations to disrupt their activity.

Barton said: “The sharing and use of information and intelligence is the key to dismantling criminal networks that have a huge impact on people’s lives. This important agreement should provide a vital new tool for police forces to prevent and reduce this type of criminal behaviour.”

Dalton said: “Past IFB investigations have identified insurance fraud as a lucrative source of revenue for criminal gangs, used to fund other forms of serious crime including drug dealing, illegal firearm supply, people trafficking and money laundering. IFB operations therefore provide police forces with a valuable platform from which to make arrests, gather evidence and disrupt organised criminal networks.

“Today’s landmark agreement demonstrates the long-term strategic commitment from both the IFB and the police, at its most senior level, to share intelligence. It also provides a vital source of new intelligence for the IFB, allowing us to focus investigations on known criminal networks targeting our industry.”

The IFB currently holds 24 intelligence sharing agreements with police, regulators and public sector law enforcement agencies across the UK.