Learning to Fight Fraud; Uni Leads the Way in Crime Prevention
Byline: By SIMON WALTON
A TOP economic crime detective was among the high-profile speakers at the launch of a new University of Teesside centre.
The Teesside Business School Centre for Fraud and Financial Crime will educate police officers, specialists from other investigative agencies and workers from private businesses in how to prevent and detect even the most sophisticated of crimes.
Opening the centre, Judge Leslie Spittle said: "With the university providing training, both at the university and in partnership with other agencies, we will have a nationally co-ordinated policy.
"The university has seen there is a need and is meeting that need within the business and financial community."
Judge Spittle was also a speaker at the conference to launch the centre, where he talked about the prosecution of fraud offences.
Also speaking at the launch was Detective Chief Superintendent Steve Wilmott, the head of the City of London's Economic Crime Department, which includes the Financial Investigation and Cheque and Credit Card Units.
Fred Hutchinson, director of the centre, said: "This new centre builds on the significant reputation that we have already established in the field.
"Fraud is becoming a big concern because of its links with organised crime and suggestions that it is being used to finance terrorism. …