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.
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/