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Scottish universities warned of organised crime threat

Police Scotland has warned universities and colleges not to fall victim to the risks posed by serious organised crime amid a period of growth for the higher and further education sectors, with some institutions investing millions of pounds in new building projects and developments, writes Maxine McArthur for Evening Times.

Officers want to highlight how this can leave organisations vulnerable to the risk of money laundering, fraud and cybercrime. Institutions also have a duty to ensure that workers in the supply chain are not being exploited as victims of human trafficking. Chief Superintendent John McKenzie said: “Tackling serious organised crime is one of our key priorities and we are making significant progress in this area. Everyone can play their part in helping with this and it is vital that we work with other organisations to help them identify vulnerabilities.”

Cabinet Secretary for Justice Michael Matheson added: “I welcome this latest serious organised crime prevention course, targeted at the higher and further education sector. It builds on the work of the Serious Organised Crime Taskforce partners to raise awareness across the public sector of what steps organisations can take to become more resilient to the threats from organised crime.”
Full report on the Evening Times site