News Archive 2007

Focus on Robbery™ Symposium reaches new heights

09 October 2007

Focus on Robbery™ Symposium reaches new heights

The sixth IBP-Group Focus on Robbery™ Symposium, held in September, has been hailed as one of the best national security conferences by delegates from a vast array of police, industry and academic disciplines.

 

Nine top UK guest speakers attended including Steve Nelson, Thomas Cook Group

Nine top UK guest speakers attended including Steve Nelson, Thomas Cook Group, who discussed company preparation and responses to robbery situations; Detective Inspector Andy Smith, Met Police Flying Squad, explained the ‘cradle to grave’ processes of a police investigation; Kevin Tasker, Centre for Crisis Psychology, who described the trauma suffered by robbery victims and how they can be helped and David Ryan, Specialist Security Consultant, described the importance of gathering, evaluating and disseminating criminal intelligence within the retail environment.

Opening the two-day event, symposium chair Richard Childs QPM, former Lincolnshire Police Chief Constable and managing director ACPO CPI, welcomed the delegates from the UK and Europe comprising representatives from financial institutions, cash handling, retail, police, academia and security. He particularly welcomed Deputy Chief Constable Graham Sunderland, Cumbria Constabulary, on his first visit to the conference and thanked him for agreeing to comment as a UK chief officer on the various topics to be discussed.

The symposium dealt with three main areas of research: ‘Before, During and After a Retail Robbery’, ‘Evaluating and Disseminating Intelligence’ and ‘Cash in Transit Offenders’, during which delegates were treated to a series of first class presentations from experts in their field.

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