Heritage Crime Programme

The Heritage Crime Programme establishes responsibilities and an action plan to ensure a coordinated approach to tackling heritage crime and the problem of antisocial behaviour in the historic environment. Historic England, the National Police Chiefs' Council, the Crown Prosecution Service and partners in heritage and law enforcement sectors are signatories.

The three main organisations involved with the Heritage Crime Programme have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) setting out their responsibilities for tackling heritage crime. A growing number of organisations such as local and national park authorities are also joining this coordinated effort.

Some heritage assets are protected by specific legislation to prevent harm caused by damage or unlicensed alteration. However, other crimes such as theft, criminal damage, arson and antisocial behaviour offences can also damage and harm heritage assets and interfere with the public's enjoyment and knowledge of their heritage.

By signing the MOU, local authorities, community safety partnerships and National Park Authorities are agreeing to work in partnership with the other signatories, which in turn fosters cooperation and support in dealing with this type of crime. It also defines the roles and responsibilities of each party in preventing, investigating and prosecuting crimes against historic places, as well as in enforcing the law. As part of the programme Historic England has developed online training for Police Officers, Police Community Support Officers and Specialist Constables.

If you would like to get involved with the Heritage Crime Programme by becoming a signatory to the Memorandum of Understanding, please contact: heritagecrime@historicengland.org.uk.

Project Details

Location: United Kingdom, Northern Europe, Europe Organiser(s): Historic England Project partner(s): Alliance to Reduce Crime Against Heritage (ARCH); National Police Chiefs' Council (NPCC); Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) Funder(s): Historic England Funding received: Undisclosed Commencement Date: 12/2007 Project Status: Active
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