The 2016 Join the Fight Conference was funded predominantly from Proceeds of Crime. The Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 is a very powerful tool used to disrupt crime.
Using criminal confiscation powers, the Act allows the enforcement authorities to track down and recover the profits of crime from individuals deemed to have benefited from a criminal lifestyle.
It aims to strike directly at:
- the main motive for crime
- deterring offenders
- disrupting organised crime
- showing the public that crime doesn’t pay.
This means that money which has been recovered through the sale of criminals’ assets and directly from criminal investigations undertaken by Suffolk Trading Standards can be put back into community projects aimed at tackling rogue trader activity.
Previous examples of projects funded from Proceeds of Crime include: