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7th October 2014

Police forces and local and national Government departments can now hire experienced former police officers as support staff from security consultants Lodge Service. Assignments range from crime investigation and fraud audits, to data recovery and intelligence analysis. For details please visit the web page.

The service is managed by former police officers and is coordinated through the Lodge Services intelligence centre in Redditch, Worcestershire, with a former Deputy Chief Constable on Lodge Service’s advisory board.

The problem of staff shortages in specialist areas is highlighted in the case of recorded fraud cases - which have risen by two-fifths over the last three years, mostly due to an increase in computer-related fraud.

Commander Steve Head, from the City of London Police, told the BBC there needed to be many more police investigations into fraud to combat the "huge" number of criminal networks behind it.

Research for Radio 4's File on 4 programme suggests a recent increase in the number of specialist fraud officers has been outstripped by the rising caseload.

A growth in computer-related fraud has contributed to a rise in offences, though much of the rise in the number of cases may be explained by the fact that a new organisation, Action Fraud, has made it easier for the public to report incidents.

Fraud in England and Wales:

  • 211,000 cases (Mar 2013-Mar 2014)
  • Rise of 17% on previous year
  • 33,000 other cases reported by industry bodies

(Source: BBC)

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