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CPKN and IBC Sponsor Free Access to Staged Collisions Training

Until December 2012, CPKN and the Insurance Bureau of Canada are sponsoring free access to Identifying Staged Collisions via CPKN. This is a tremendous opportunity for Canadian frontline officers to learn more about the tactics of highly sophisticated auto fraud rings and associated service supplier fraud.

“Auto insurance fraud is estimated to be more than a billion dollar industry in Canada,” says Rick Dubin, Vice-President of Investigative Services at IBC. “The more informed police officers are on this issue, the more we can disrupt and disable these types of criminal operations.”

Staged collisions, where accidents are orchestrated in order to collect hefty insurance payouts, are becoming increasingly common in Canada’s urban centres. These activities not only put public safety at risk but also contribute to skyrocketing insurance premiums for Canadians. In Ontario alone, industry estimates have suggested that $1.3 billion of the annual claims paid out by insurers are fraudulent. These crimes are also often linked to organized crime, the proceeds of which are believed to fund other illegal activities within and beyond Canadian borders.

Ontario’s insurance industry, which has been hit the hardest, has initiated measures to counteract auto-related fraud. In addition to recent reforms to tighten auto insurance loopholes, IBC partnered with York Regional Police to develop online training to educate frontline officers on how to identify and investigate staged collisions. Identifying Staged Collisions is a 45 minute online course that uses videos to illustrate common types of staged collision scenarios and provides information on the various signs, indicators, and behaviours that may characterize a staged collision. It also describes techniques to properly investigate suspected incidents with links to service supplier fraud from towers to medical clinics.

“More and more, our officers are called out to suspect collision scenes,” says says Sergeant Tony Cummins of York Regional Police Training and Education Bureau. ”In cooperation with IBC experts, we’ve developed this course to address a growing problem in our region but it provides practical information that any responding officer, in any part of the country, can use to recognize and investigate a staged collision.”

York Regional Police and IBC are now making this course available to all Canadian frontline officers via CPKN. Over the coming year, any police officer can register to the course, at no charge. This free registration period is funded by CPKN and IBC.

“This course is just one line of defense against a litany of organized insurance scams,” says Dubin. ”But we believe that making it accessible to a national police audience will significantly improve the detection and conviction of fraudsters.”

“These types of partnerships lend incredible value to the Canadian police sector and the CPKN model,” says Sandy Sweet, President of CPKN. “By sharing learning opportunities, police officers gain knowledge on topical issues, police services save on training costs, and Canadians in general benefit from a more informed policing sector.”

For more information on this training opportunity, visit: www.cpkn.ca/course_staged_collisions