About Partnerships Against Business Crime In Staffordshire (PABCIS)
PABCIS and its members operate a fair processing policy

PABCIS is an innovative concept in the world of business crime and is at the forefront of the fight against crime and disorder affecting business in Staffordshire across the 24 hour economies of our town and city centres by adopting a corporate and consistent approach right across the county. It is a strategic Partnership of Business Crime Reduction Partnerships (BCRPs) and Shop and Pub Watch schemes, across the county, all of whom are working together to identify offenders and manage them appropriately using an intelligence-led approach, reducing the opportunity to commit crime and reducing the fear of crime in the town centres.

How Does It Work?

Collectively Staffordshire Police, businesses and partners have identified the benefits of a productive, effective, well–managed and legally compliant BCRP in dealing with the 24 hour town centre economies. PABCIS has been set up to bring about a consistency of approach to reduce business crime across the county and to ensure that best practice is followed by all partners, thus enabling businesses to have confidence in the level of service their local businesses receive across the county from the respective PABCIS members.

This level of consistency by members in managing their local schemes and delivering a high quality product is now matched by a consistent police approach to business crime. Each local Partnership has close ties with the Local Policing Units in their area, meeting regularly and sharing relevant information to help reduce and prevent crime and anti-social behaviour at local level, building strong foundations of the PABCIS structure. All local partnerships are governed through the second tier of the PABCIS structure bringing a countywide strategic and intelligence-led approach.

What Does It Do?

PABCIS enables businesses, local BCRPs/watch schemes and police to work closely together to form an understanding of each others needs. Local Partnerships are exactly as their title suggests, locally managed, locally and independently run, controlled by a Management Board from within the membership with support of a Steering Group and with day to day operations being managed by a Business Crime Manager or Co-ordinator. Local schemes are for the benefit of local businesses, dealing with local issues.

PABCIS has created a support network for local managers, mentoring, supporting and enabling them to successfully manage their local members’ data to provide effective exclusion schemes, bulletins, briefings, warnings and suchlike in line with the local Partnership delivery plans. Local identity is maintained whilst adopting a corporate and consistent approach across Staffordshire through the work of a County manager.

Local partnerships manage their information through a local intelligence system which is then fed into a central PABCIS intelligence hub. PABCIS is then in a position to deliver both management information and intelligence packages to both local Partnerships and the police on trends and offenders both local and travelling. Level 1, local offending, by far the greatest volume of crime and disorder, can be dealt with on a local level by the local Partnerships in line with their local priorities, procedures and protocols whilst offenders impacting outside each of the local areas can be identified and when necessary raised as specific threats to the county through police channels at county, regional and national levels.