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David Clark

Police National Coordinator for Economic Crime, City-of-London Police, UK



Tackling identity crime



  • Identity Crime is a cross-cutting issue that impacts on all communities in the UK;
  • It is used by criminals to commit a wide range of crimes;
  • We need to do more to help victims.

Identity crime is a cross-cutting issue that impacts on all communities in the UK. It is used by criminals to commit a wide range of other crimes and, if tackled effectively, it will help address other crime types. Identity crime costs the country billions of pounds each year.

We need to continue to improve our understanding of the threat. We also need to improve intelligence collection, intelligence sharing, analysis and enforcement action. We need an online solution to receive, collate, analyse and share false identity. Better sharing will help reduce the number of victims.
Identity crime provides criminals with a degree of separation, which helps them to remain anonymous and avoid detection from law enforcement. Verifying an individual’s true identity is key to protecting the public.

We have the legislation to tackle criminals but we need to use it more effectively. The use of identity-related legislation is a very effective method for disrupting criminals

Victims suffer significant harm, but there is little support, and victims are left with the burden of repairing their identity.

Combating identity crime is a shared responsibility.


Temporary Commander David Clark is the Police National Coordinator for Economic Crime. He is also the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) lead on identity crime, Cyber Protect and counterfeit currency, and chairs the National Economic Crime Working Group for UK policing.

For the past eight years, Commander Clark has been the Detective Chief Superintendent responsible for the forces Economic Crime Directorate. In this role he worked closely with Government, through the Home Secretary-led Joint Fraud Taskforce, and private and third sector partners on a collaborative approach to tackling the growing financial threat to the UK.

During this time, he delivered the first National Police Fraud Strategy and the NPCC’s paper ‘The National Policing Response to Fraud’, subsequently setting up the National Fraud Coordinators Office.

Before this Commander Clark worked in specialist crime investigation where, as a Senior Investigating Officer, he was awarded several commendations for his investigation of serious organised criminality. He also serves as the national lead for undercover financial operations, working alongside UK and international law enforcement agencies.

Commander Clark has a Masters’ Degree in Applied Criminology and Police Management from Cambridge University, and was the consultant editor to the book ‘Investigation of Fraud and Economic Crime Manual’. He is a keen advocate of social media, particularly Twitter, on which he highlights the threat from fraud and cybercrime to the UK.



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