Tackling Economic Crime Awards launched to honour security and law enforcement professionals

Economic crime has a significant impact on the UK;s economy, with – according to the Office for National Statistics – an estimated 3.24 million fraud offences taking place in the year ending March 2018. Organised by the World Excellence Awards team who also run the Outstanding Security Performance Awards (OSPAs), the all-new Tackling Economic Crime Awards (TECAs) serve to reward and acknowledge those security and law enforcement professionals who make a significant contribution in driving out any aspect/area of economic crime, such as fraud, money laundering, bribery and corruption.

The TECAs are a wholly independent venture. All of the leading associations and groups support the awards, among them the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, the Cabinet Office, the Centre for Counter Fraud Studies at the University of Portsmouth, the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy, CIFAS, the City of London Police, the Fraud Advisory Panel, the Insurance Fraud Bureau, the London Fraud Forum, the North East Fraud Forum and UK Finance.

Judges for the TECAs are nominated by these groups and include City of London Police Commissioner Ian Dyson QPM, Katy Worobec (managing director with responsibility for economic crime at UK Finance), Professor Mark Button of the University of Portsmouth and others. Judges mark to a strict ethics policy.

Professor Martin Gill CSyP FSyI, founder of the TECAs, commented: “The TECAs have been developed to be different – to be independent, ethical and provide a level playing field. They deliberately focus on outstanding people, teams, initiatives and companies within the public, private and third sectors who are firmly committed to tackling any area of economic crime.”

Gill added: “The adjudication process is rigorous and robust. The esteemed panel of Judges will review and score entries independently, ensuring that only the very best candidates are selected as finalists and winners.”

The inaugural TECAs will be presented at a prestigious awards dinner to be held in central London on Monday 9 December 2019.

Professor Martin Gill CSyP FSyI

Professor Martin Gill CSyP FSyI

The inaugural awards are sponsored by fraud technology provider Altia-ABM. Rob Sinclair, director of Group operations for the business, commented: “We’re proud to be associated with this initiative and delighted to be sponsoring the 2019 event. Economic crime has an impact on everyone, and those who have shown leadership and innovation to desist this area of crime deserve to be recognised for their achievements.”

Entries for the awards will be invited from Tuesday 2 April 2019. Anyone working in (or from) the UK can enter. Nominations are invited in 14 categories as follows:

Outstanding Manager/Director, Outstanding Team, Outstanding Consultant, Outstanding Customer Service Initiative, Outstanding Training Initiative, Outstanding New Product, Outstanding Partnership, Outstanding Investigator, Outstanding Policing Initiative, Outstanding Young Professional, Outstanding Cyber Company, Outstanding Female Professional, Outstanding Prevention Initiative and the Lifetime Achievement Award.

*For more information about the TECAs access https://thetecas.com/

About the Author
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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