NI: Sugden launches Business Crime Action Plan

Justice Minister Claire Sugden
Justice Minister Claire Sugden

Northern Ireland’s Justice Minister Claire Sugden will work with law enforcement, criminal justice agencies and the business community in order to tackle business crime, she has announced.

A new Business Crime Action Plan, developed in partnership with the Department of Justice, the Policing Board, the PSNI and the business community, has been launched by Ms Sugden and Anne Connolly, chair of the Northern Ireland Policing Board.

Ms Sugden said her Department “has been working in partnership with relevant statutory and non-statutory stakeholders to tackle this issue over many years and it is one of the strands of work outlined in the Community Safety Strategy”.

She added: “That continued partnership working is essential if sustainable solutions are to be developed.

“I therefore welcome the commitment from the business community to work with law enforcement and criminal justice agencies to develop a cohesive approach to reduce the impact and cost of crime on businesses. The action plan being published today is another positive step in the ongoing fight against business crime.”

Ms Connolly said: “We have listened to the views of the business community, the impact that crimes has on lives and livelihoods and the types of measures that need to be taken to reduce crimes in this sector.

“Success in the delivery of this plan is dependent on continued collaboration with the business community and it is vital that as wide a network of people as possible are aware of this plan, and the work being done, in partnership with the business community, to deliver on it.”

Discussing the new action plan, Chief Superintendent Chris Noble, PSNI lead for Business Crime and Engagement, said: “We have been working in partnership with Department of Justice, Northern Ireland Policing Board and the business community to develop a business crime action plan for Northern Ireland.

“The plan will help us to improve our strategic partnership working within the business sector throughout Northern Ireland.

“This is a collaborative approach whereby responsibility in dealing with business crime rests on all our shoulders. We recognise that businesses are at the heart of prosperous communities and we will continue to work with our strategic partners to implement the recommendations set out in the business crime action plan.”

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