About

Project Genesius is a Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) collaboration with the security printing equipment supply industry.

Identity documents are a known enabler of serious and organised crime. Almost all serious crime will have a connection to false documents. Stopping or disrupting the creation of false identity documents is a key target of Project Genesius.

The MPS found that it was very difficult to prosecute organistations or individuals that were ‘knowingly’ supplying equipment or materials to be used for criminal purposes such as creating false identification documents.

The Security Printing supply industry support the MPS by sharing data about suspicious enquiries and assist by consulting and supporting law change proposals via a working group of Industry and MPS representatives.

Data collected by MPS is held in the Project Amberhill database which provides the means of sharing recovered false identity data that resulted from a range of policing activity against criminals engaged in the creation and use of false identities. It shares recovered data with key public and private sector stakeholders to terminate on-going and prevent future crimes.  Amberhill has already delivered benefits in excess of £5million (2015), and further increments of the system are anticipating £1bn savings.

After several years of collaboration, a new law, The Security Printing Equipment and Materials (offences) Act 2015 was proposed and given Royal Ascent in March 2015.

In September 2018 the new law was successful in bringing its first perpetrators to justice – please see our News pages for more information.

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