The remit of Liverpool Chamber’s Business Crime Direct Team (BCD) is expanding thanks to funding from Government Office North West.
Peter Jones, Manager of BCD now has a Merseyside-wide remit and a new title, Merseyside Business Crime Reduction Co-ordinator. Mr Jones, formerly a Detective Inspector in Merseyside Police, and was recently seconded to the Home Office, has headed BCD since 2001. Recent work has included partnership working to reduce crime in city centre and the introduction of banning orders to keep trouble makers out of licensed premises. Over the next two years Peter aims to expand the BCD pilot to deliver safe, clean and green business areas throughout Merseyside.
What they say
Peter said: “I would like all Merseyside small businesses to have access to free crime reduction advice and security improvement grants. I would like most of all, to see many more of the sort of partnerships between police, businesses and council that work so well in Merseyside. For example, Merseyside has superb initiatives such as Knowsley Business Watch and the many town centre retail and pub partnerships.”
Asked what would be his priorities in his new role, Mr Jones said, “I have been consulting with businesses and their representative organisations. We are all agreed that we need Merseyside Police to record business crime as a separate category – what can’t be measured can’t be tackled. When I started work as a police constable in 1966, the top priority was patrolling the shopping and business areas and woe betide you if crimes were found to have been committed on your watch. We lost this constant, reassuring police presence many years ago and it is only now starting to return with Neighbourhood Policing , Police Community Support Officers and the like. I want to ensure that businesses, their customers and their staff have a safe, clean and green business environment.”