City of London Police has announced plans to update fraud and cyber-crime reporting and analysis system to better coordinate the crime reports across the country.
It has launched an invitation to tender (ITT) from suppliers to obtain advanced technology to a new national reporting centre that will replace the existing Action Fraud, which is the national reporting centre for fraud and cybercrime.
Reports to Action Fraud, fraud prevention agency CIFAS and UK Finance are sent to National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB), which is based in the City of London Police, for analysis.
The centre provides a simple way for public to report fraud or cybercrime in the country, without adding burden on emergency reporting channelssuch as 999 or 101.
The new centralised intelligence function allows to connect fraud and cybercrime reports across the country and better coordinate with the police resources to investigate crimes and protect victims in the country.
This existing system, which is used by Action Fraud and the NFIB, was last secured in 2015 and it needs to be updated due to advancement in technology and rise in demand for services.
The police force said that the current system needs to be updated to deal with the changing landscape in national, and international fraud and cybercrime, and provide integration across law enforcement.
City of London Police service delivery director Chris Bell said: “This is an exciting period of change and we are delighted to be inviting suppliers to submit their bids to provide an accessible service for the public and organisations to report fraud and cyber-crime.
“Not only will this service improve the victim experience and satisfaction with the service, it will also improve the flow of information through the system so criminal activity is disrupted and the public is better protected, and it will contribute to an improved understanding of the threat from serious and organised crime.”