City of London Police authors inaugural book entitled ‘The Investigation of Fraud and Economic Crime’

The City of London Police, the lead force for fraud, has authored a ‘How To’ book on countering fraud and economic crime which is now available to purchase. The book is specifically aimed at economic crime practitioners. Published by Blackstone Publishing, the book now becomes part of that company’s Practical Policing series.

The 400-page book is the outcome of a collaborative project and harvests the skills and knowledge from across the force in addition to including key input offered by a range of experienced investigators from other agencies.

The book – which features a foreword by Commander Chris Greany, the national co-ordinator for economic crime – has taken five years to develop, compile and edit to ensure that it affords a thorough introduction to the reader of the foundations for investigating fraud and economic crime.

‘The Investigation of Fraud and Economic Crime’ builds on the City of London Police’s international reputation when it comes to successfully dealing with complex national and international investigations. Profits from the book will be ploughed back into the force to assist with the ongoing fight against fraud and economic crime.

This excellent publication details the response to fraud from initial reports through to investigation, addressing the various categories of fraud and specifying good investigative practice. It provides clarity and consistency in the development and application of prevention, disruption and investigative strategies and includes a practitioners’ guide to the relevant fraud legislation, as well as checklists, flow charts and key point boxes to aid understanding.

Detective chief superintendent Dave Clark, head of the Economic Crime Directorate and consultant editor of the new publication (for which Michael Betts is the editor), said: “This book demonstrates the incredible level of knowledge and skill the City of London Police harbours in investigating economic crime and will make a significant contribution towards helping others in tackling this growing crime type.”

There’s a special 20% discount on the book (ISBN: 9780198799016) until the end of June this year, in turn yielding a current purchase price of £31.99. Order your copy online from the Oxford University Press by accessing this link

*For those looking towards further training in the areas of counter-fraud and economic crime, the City of London Police’s Economic Crime Academy runs a range of courses aimed at fraud investigators not only in law enforcement, but also those operating in businesses and other agencies. For more information visit


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Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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