Metal Crime Conference – The Hidden Cost

Chief Officers, force leads and enforcement professionals are invited to attend a policing and professional practice conference that has a focus on the far reaching implications of Metal crime, and action we can take to prevent it.

Metal Crime Conference

Friday 31 May 2019 09:00 – 15:30

The conference will be opened by the new NPCC lead, ACC Robin Smith, supported by the acquisitive crime lead, DCC Amanda Blakeman.

A series of presentations will follow:

  • “Operation Opal”, a new national intelligence unit for serious, organised acquisitive crime,
  • The hidden exploitation associated with metal crime with the Welsh Governments anti-slavery coordinator, Stephen Chapman,
  • SelectaMark case studies that include innovations and prevention tactics,
  • Historic England, to present on the impact of metal theft on churches and other historical sites,
  • Industry speakers who will present on licencing concerns and the rise of cash transactions.

The sessions will give an opportunity for discussion in a question and answer format.

It is open to agencies and individuals to consider if they want to include key partners PCC’s and any agencies that they work with that would find this debating environment useful.

An agreed agenda will be circulated in due course.


Tally Ho Conference & Banqueting Centre

Pershore Road


B5 7RN

The venue has parking available and is accessible from Birmingham New Street station via taxi in around 15 minutes.


Please register to attend at this event by following the link.  No costs other than your own travel and or accommodation will be incurred. Lunch is provided.

All attendees will need to have registered as above prior to attending and will need either force warrant cards or other suitable photographic identity e.g., driving licence or passport in order to gain entrance to the venue.