Forget soft tactics with street fundraisers, police urged

Charity says robust policing is necessary to catch fraudsters

A fraud-hit charity has urged local police forces to ignore advice from the Association of Chief Police Officers that they should use softer tactics when dealing with face-to-face fundraisers.

Acpo wrote to police chiefs in England and Wales last week telling them to be more tactful when they approach face-to-face fundraisers after it heard reports that officers had been too "heavy-handed".

But in an email to Acpo, Des Rogers, operations manager for West Midlands Special Needs Transport, said his organisation had been affected by fraudsters and that officers should ignore the advice.

Rogers told Third Sector that although his charity did not carry out any fundraising activity, local residents had been approached by people purporting to represent it and asking for donations or bank details.

"Telling officers to be less intrusive may stop them from asking at all in case they get complaints," said Rogers.

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