Business Crime Action Plan launched

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Tuesday, June 28th, 2016
Business, Politics
A new action plan to tackle crime within the business community has been jointly launched by Justice Minister, Claire Sugden and Anne Connolly, Chair of the Northern Ireland Policing Board. claire 1Speaking at the Northern Ireland Retail Consortium 5th Anniversary Reception Minister Sugden said, “The impact of business crime should not be underestimated. Far from being a victimless crime, it affects the profitability of businesses and the cost of the goods we buy in shops every day. “My Department has been working in partnership with relevant statutory and non-statutory stakeholders to tackle this issue over many years and it is one of the strands of work outlined in the Community Safety Strategy. “That continued partnership working is essential if sustainable solutions are to be developed,” she insisted. “I therefore welcome the commitment from the business community to work with law enforcement and criminal justice agencies to develop a cohesive approach to reduce the impact and cost of crime on businesses. “The action plan being published today is another positive step in the ongoing fight against business crime.” Welcoming the new plan Board Chair Anne Connolly said, “We have listened to the views of the business community, the impact that crimes has on lives and livelihoods and the types of measures that need to be taken to reduce crimes in this sector. “Success in the delivery of this plan is dependent on continued collaboration with the business community and it is vital that as wide a network of people as possible are aware of this plan, and the work being done, in partnership with the business community, to deliver on it.”
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May June 2016 updatedDiscussing the new action plan, Chief Superintendent Chris Noble, PSNI lead for Business Crime and Engagement said, “We have been working in partnership with Department of Justice, Northern Ireland Policing Board and the business community to develop a business crime action plan for Northern Ireland. The plan will help us to improve our strategic partnership working within the business sector throughout Northern Ireland.
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