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Alex Rothwell

Detective Superintendent, Deputy National Coordinator, Fraud and Economic Crime,
City of London Police (Confirmed)

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, he 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 he 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. He 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 cyber crime to the UK.

  • Raising awareness of online fraud through the Joint Fraud Taskforce – progress to date
  • Developing a joint framework across all Police and Crime Commissioners to effectively tackle online fraud
  • The role of using social media and the internet to gather evidence
  • Investigation under the GDPR – understanding the implications of the new data protection regulations for online fraud
  • Exploring current trends in cyber crime