The British Security Industry Association (BSIA) has welcomed former Detective Chief Inspector Sarah Staff to its ranks as the new head of SaferCash. Recently retired from a 30-year career with the Metropolitan Police Service, Staff ascended the ranks from being a police constable patrolling the streets of North London in the mid-1990s to become one of only two women to hold the role of Detective Chief Inspector in charge of the Flying Squad, subsequently tackling serious and organised crime.
SaferCash is part of the BSIA’s intelligence sharing security initiative which aims to strengthen the collaborative work between UK law enforcement and industry by preventing and detecting crime in partnership. Staffed by former serving members of the police service and seconded police analysts working within their regional police areas, SaferCash is able to draw together vital information and intelligence.
This joint initiative assists at an international, national and regional level working closely in regular partnership with law enforcement and industry partners. Its collaborative work supports police investigations with analytical crime data for intervention, detection and prosecutions.
James Kelly, CEO of the BSIA, said: “We’re delighted to announce the appointment of Sarah Staff as the new head of SaferCash. Sarah brings her years of experience gained at the highest level of her profession into the team at a time when collaboration across the agencies is as essential as ever in terms of helping us to understand the offending patterns and methods used by today’s criminals. The SaferCash approach helps us to draw together improved prevention methods and reduce the overall risk and costs of these crimes to both industry and the wider community.”
Speaking about her new role, Staff explained: “I’m really delighted to be taking on the role of head of SaferCash. The impact of these crimes has a far-reaching resonance and, at a time when UK law enforcement is facing huge demands with fewer resources at its disposal, SaferCash is an excellent collaboration to provide additional resources through the support of industry partners. These crimes have a real impact on local communities, fund other criminal enterprises and, in many cases, realise untold costs for both peoples’ lives and their property. I’m looking forward to leading on such an invaluable service and hope to further reduce the impact of these crimes through continued collaboration.”