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We Don’t Buy Crime; a sustainable approach to crime prevention

Recently the Academy collaborated with North Wales Police to conduct a Continued Professional Development (CPD) event, the event aimed to aid force-wide implementation of the 'We Don't Buy Crime' (WDBC) initiative – a proactive and preventative approach to reducing acquisitive crime and related harm.

The initiative is evidence-based and increases public confidence while prioritising victim focus. The attendees were police officers, PCSOs and Rural Crime Officers from the North Wales Police team.

The 'We Don't Buy Crime' initiative is gaining momentum in the fight against acquisitive crime. The approach is highly effective in reducing harm and increasing public confidence, which is why it's fast becoming a priority for local forces.

The approach has been identified by the Home Office as best practice and now informs Safer Streets funds nationally. We Don’t Buy Crime within North Wales Police consists of six work streams:

  • Burglary Response and Crime Prevention
  • Second Hand/Stolen Goods Market
  • Covert Work
  • Safer Neighbourhoods
  • Fuel Stations
  • Associated Harm

The implementation of the We Don’t Buy Crime (WDBC) department will provide a holistic, comprehensive, and sustainable approach to crime prevention and associated harm, outlining clear outcomes and delivering against the Police and Crime priorities. The WDBC model is underpinned by our five-pronged principles; Prevent, Deter, Watch, Catch and Convict.

The collaboration between the Academy and North Wales Police is a great example of how effective partnerships can be formed to tackle and prevent crime. The event helped attendees to understand the importance of the initiative and how it can be implemented effectively across the police force.

If you're interested in obtaining a crime prevention and problem-solving qualification or want to know more about how the Academy can help your organisation with tailored training courses or CPD, please don't hesitate to get in touch with us.