A special message from Georgie Barnard, T/Detective Chief Inspector
To all interested parties – Police and Business Partners
Common Standards for Business Crime Reduction Partnerships (BCRPs)
Over the last 12 months we have been working with a wide range of partners reviewing existing arrangements for accrediting BRCPs. A new set of standards that reflect current conditions has been drafted for consultation with a number of stakeholder groups. It is important that we seek and provide feedback of these new standards from both the business community and police.
The attached consultation document sets out not just the proposed new standards, but how they might be kept current and administered to ensure high standards. In brief, we are proposing a Board of Management to be established, alongside an Accreditation Panel of practitioners to peer review each assessment of a BCRPs standards, carried out by an approved assessor. The new National Business Crime Reduction Hub will provide the secretariat for the Standards Board.
The agreed national standards will be published and therefore available to any BCRP to access. This will encourage them to prepare ahead of external accreditation. This will also provide reassurance to local police and the businesses that pay for the partnerships that every BCRP will meet those minimum standards.
I would be grateful if you would take the time to review the attached report and provide feedback on both the management arrangements and the standards themselves directly to:
Martin Blackwell at firstname.lastname@example.org
No later than 31st January 2017
T/Detective Chief Inspector