Methodology and acknowledgements
Our thematic reports are prepared after careful but focused inspection of the subject matter. Our broad methodology is explained on our website. This shorter report contains far less detailed evidence than has been presented in past thematic inspection reports: this is a deliberate effort on our part to present accurate but concise and focused reports on a wider range of issues than has previously been the case.
Following an initial consultation exercise and desktop research, we identified a list of key stakeholders and developed a questionnaire that was sent to all eight police forces in Scotland. The stakeholders visited were representatives of the following:
Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland
APACS (The UK Payments Association)
Attorney General's Office
CIFAS ( UK Fraud Prevention Service)
City of London Police Economic Crime Unit
Crown Office & Procurator Fiscal Service
East of Scotland Fraud Forum
Fraud Liaison Group ( UK & Ireland)
Financial Services Authority
Insurance Fraud Bureau
Lothian & Borders Police Crime Registrar
Metropolitan Police Fraud Squad
North East Fraud Forum
Scottish Business Crime Centre
Scottish Crime & Drug Enforcement Agency
Scottish Financial Crime Group
Scottish Police College
Serious Fraud Office
Serious Organised Crime Agency
Trading Standards (Glasgow)
Force responses were analysed and three forces were selected for fieldwork.
Subsequent analysis of the stakeholder meetings and force responses provided a wealth of detailed information, permitting the inspection team to focus on the most relevant issues. We are grateful for the valuable assistance of the agencies, forces and individuals engaged in this thematic inspection.
The inspection was carried out by Superintendent Andrew Allan and Mr Andy Ball who was seconded from the Royal Bank of Scotland, under the direction of Assistant Inspector of Constabulary Malcolm R Dickson QPM.
We would like to thank the Royal Bank of Scotland Group for allowing Mr Ball to assist us in this work.