The National Association of Business Crime Partnerships (NABCP) has developed the Safer Business Award (SBA) to ensure that there are nationally recognised and accepted standards for the management and operation of business crime reduction partnerships. To ensure those standards are maintained, partnerships are inspected by NABCP before being accredited.
NABCP has worked with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) and ACPO to develop partnership codes of practice and advice to ensure that partnerships are able to operate lawfully and in compliance with the Data Protection Act, 1998. The NABCP partnership codes of practice are the only such codes which have been submitted to the ICO who has agreed that they reflect the requirements of the Act and are fit for purpose.
Taking into account the views of the ICO and the essential part that the SBA plays in data compliance, the SBA will be inspected and accredited every two years. NABCP crime managers will visit holders prior to its expiry to provide a free health check, which will allow amendments or modifications to be made before the accreditation inspection. The SBA demonstrates that partnerships operate legally, to high standards, and reflects their increasing professionalism. It helps to develop wider recognition of the value of their work, enhances relationships with police and other agencies and is the gateway for regional and national data sharing.