Criminals in Derbyshire are being forced to cough up their ill-gotten gains to the tune of hundreds of thousands of pounds. And Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Charles is delighted.
A report to the Strategic Governance Board on Monday (30 June) by Chief Constable Mick Creedon revealed that in 2013-14 the Proceeds of Crime Act resulted in criminals finding themselves around £2.5m the poorer.
Confiscation and forfeiture orders and cash seizures can strip criminals of money or assets gained through offences that include drug trafficking, theft and money laundering.
“This is the type of justice that all law-abiding people will want to hear,” the Commissioner said. “The strong message to the criminal community is that crime doesn’t pay. Not only do they risk being sent to prison but they also stand to lose everything they thought they were getting away with.”
Nearly 19% of all confiscated sums go back to the force – amounting to around £200,000 in each of the last three years. This money is used to aid the force’s financial investigation performance and local crime-fighting priorities.
“Putting this money into crime detection and reduction further supports one of my key Police and Crime Plan objectives which is to keep vulnerable people safe from harm,” Mr Charles said.
Over the past three years, just over half of all confiscation orders have related to drugs offences, 44% related to theft offences including fraud, burglary, deception and blackmail and 3% to money laundering.
The Chief Constable referred to cases where offenders were sent to prison and had all their assets removed, but still owed money. On release, they would continue to be monitored by financial investigators making it virtually impossible for them to continue to commit crime for financial gain.
Posted on Tuesday 1st July 2014