criminal justice
local government
voluntary sector

Effectively Tackling and Preventing Serious and Organised Crime

criminal justice

local government

voluntary sector

08:45 - 16:50

Tuesday 16 July 2019

Central London


This Forum will provide a crucial opportunity to discuss how a range of agencies can come together to tackle the rising threat of serious and organised crime. Attendees will hear how key police and law enforcement agencies are implementing effective strategies at a national level in line with The Home Office’s 2018 Serious and Organised Crime Strategy. Moreover, delegates will hear from best practice case studies on how to effectively tackle, disrupt and minimise the harm of organised criminals through multi-sector partnerships, enhancing cross-force coordination, utilising specialist capabilities, raising youth awareness and safeguarding vulnerable individuals. 


This Forum is specifically designed for Police, Local Authorities, Charities and Central Government.

Typical job titles will include:

  • Police and Crime Commissioners
  • Leads for Serious and Organised Crime 
  • Chief Superintendents 
  • Deputy Chief Constables
  • Community Protection Leads
  • Youth Engagement Officers
  • Strategic Operations Directors
  • Detective Inspectors 
  • Councillors
  • Criminologists 
  • Directors of Capabilities 
  • Heads of ROCU
  • Partnership Managers 
  • Probation Officers 
  • Victim Protection Leads 
  • Heads of Safeguarding 

This Forum is also open to the Private Sector to encourage networking and debate. 

Key Speakers Confirmed:
  • Dr Colin Wilson, Deputy Director, SOC Prevent & Partnerships, The Home Office
  • Nina Cope, Director General of Capabilities, National Crime Agency
  • Lizzie Hogarth, Audit Manager, National Audit Office
  • Marc Jones, Lead for Policing Delivery – Serious and Organised Crime, Association of Police and Crime Commissioners
  • Steve Reardon, Detective Chief Inspector, Merseyside Police 
  • Tom Halpin, Chief Executive, Sacro
  • Sue Gregory, Director of Youth Engagement, Everton in the Community
View the agenda and additional speakers


Serious and organised crime affects more UK citizens, more often, than any other national security threat, and costs the UK at least £37 billion annually, leads to loss of life and deprives citizens of their security and prosperity. The scale, severity and sophistication of much organised crime makes it difficult to combat, with illicit operations often transcending geographical borders, both within the UK across territorial police jurisdictions and externally, with trafficked people, money and drugs coming in from abroad. Moreover, the National Crime Agency’s 2018 National Strategic Assessment highlights how organised criminal networks are increasingly exploiting digital technology and globalisation.

Therefore, in order to effectively disrupt these groups, improving coordination across the law enforcement and policing community and enhancing surveillance and operational capabilities is of paramount importance. The Home Office, in recognition of the rising threat, released the Serious and Organised Crime Strategy in November 2018, rooted in the Pursue, Prepare, Protect and Prevent (4Ps) delivery framework. Moreover, in December 2018 Sajid Javid implemented the largest funding increase for police since 2010, committing an additional £90 million in national, regional and local capabilities to better address serious and organised crime, including economic crime and drug trafficking. Additionally, in 2017 the Home Office announced £40 million to enhance Regional Organised Crime Unit capabilities over the subsequent three years.

It is now imperative that law enforcement agencies enhance their collaborative arrangements, as well as working in partnership with local authorities, police forces, charities and community groups to implement the aims and objectives of the Serious and Organised Crime StrategyThese organisations must make a concerted effort to work intelligently together in disrupting organised criminal networks, building resilience in local communities, improving preventative measures and effectively safeguarding vulnerable individuals. 


Registration, Refreshments and Networking


Chair's Welcome Address

Professor Michael Levi, Professor of Criminology, University of Cardiff (invited)


Morning Keynote: Developing a Whole-System Strategic Approach to Disrupting Serious and Organised Crime

  • Outlining the key provisions of the Home Office’s Serious and Organised Crime Strategy 2018, and how the framework of Pursue, Prevent, Protect and Prepare (4Ps) will operate in practice
  • Working in partnership across all relevant government bodies to effectively implement a unified, whole-system strategy in tackling and reducing the negative impact of serious and organised crime
  • Sharing updates on how new statutory powers, such as Unexplained Wealth Orders and Serious Crime Prevention Orders, will enhance the state’s ability to disrupt and prosecute organised criminal enterprises
  • Understanding how adopting a preventative approach will identify young people at risk of involvement in serious criminal activity and intervene appropriately to tackle the problem of organised crime at source
  • Investing up to £4.6 million in the National Economic Crime Centre (NECC), which will coordinate the UK’s response to economic crime by harnessing intelligence and capabilities from across the public and private sectors

Dr Colin Wilson, Deputy Director, SOC Prevent & Partnerships, The Home Office (CONFIRMED)


Special Keynote: Assessing the Threat Of, and Coordinating Responses To, Serious and Organised Crime

  • Sharing key findings from the National Strategic Assessment of Serious and Organised Crime 2018, and how these findings have helped inform and direct the Home Office’s Serious and Organised Crime Strategy 2018
  • Explaining how £8 million in Home Office funding will be effectively distributed across various joint-working projects, including the National Economic Crime Centre (NECC), the National Assessment Centre (NAC) and the National Data Exploitation Centre (NDEC)
  • Working in partnership with the private sector, local and national government, the voluntary sector, think tanks and academia to enhance understanding and capabilities in tackling serious and organised crime
  • Detailing specialist operational capabilities, such as offender profiling and serious crime analysis, to support the police and other partners in effective law enforcement against organised criminal networks
  • Outlining key judgements made in the County Lines Drug Supply, Vulnerability and Harm 2018 Intelligence Assessment and how the NCA is working to disrupt these exploitative drug networks

Nina Cope, Director General of Capabilities, National Crime Agency (CONFIRMED)


Questions and Answers Session


Refreshments and Networking


Case Study: Demonstrating Best Practice in Tackling Serious and Organised Crime as a Police Force

  • Reducing the number of organised crime groups operating in Sussex by 38% between July 2017 to April 2018, as a result of effective collaborative efforts by the force and its partners to disrupt their ability to function
  • Adopting a robust, multi-layered approach to reducing the harm caused by organised crime, including divisionally-based community investigation teams which review crimes and intelligence to identify organised criminal activity and take action as necessary
  • Working in partnership with Surrey and Sussex SOC specialists and utilising resources provided by the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit and the National Crime Agency to effectively coordinate wider anti-organised crime initiatives
  • Developing innovative methods to tackle the rise of gangs exploiting young and vulnerable people through ‘county lines’ operations, for which the force was commended by HMICFRS for its robust “response plan and partnership arrangements to safeguard vulnerable people against cuckooing”
  • Sharing best practice around effectively monitoring local organised crime groups in collaboration with local partners

Rated “Good” in the HMICFRS’ 2018 PEEL assessment for ‘Tackling Serious and Organised Crime’

Detective Chief Inspector Steve Rayland, Sussex Police Force (invited)


Case Study: Tackling Serious and Organised Crime Regionally Through a Crime Prevention Centre

  • Establishing the North East Regional Crime Prevention Centre in March 2018, bringing together regional and national organisations, such as the NCA and the North East Regional Special Operations Unit (NERSO), to tackle serious and organised crime
  • Exploring how the centre allows law enforcement organisations to share intelligence and join-up their activities to address crimes such as child sexual exploitation, human trafficking, modern slavery, drugs, cyber-crime and fraud
  • Advising on how to successfully translate strategies developed at higher levels into effective local operations, such as the NCA’s operation targeting people smuggling on Teeside and surrounding areas which involved 300 officers and resulted in 21 arrests
  • Detailing the benefits and challenges of establishing a centralised SOC prevention centre, and examining how the collaboration has evolved and expanded over time

Dame Vera Baird, Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria (invited)


Questions and Answers Session


Lunch and Networking


Afternoon Keynote: Supporting Police Forces to Develop Integrated Approaches in Preventing and Disrupting Organised Criminal Networks

  • Evaluating the Serious and Organised Crime Strategy 2018 and assessing the role of Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) in coordinating effective, joined-up police strategies to disrupt and prosecute criminal networks
  • Examining how Stop and Search is used to combat serious and violent crime, and detailing how police officers should exercise these powers with proportionality and transparency
  • Highlighting examples of innovation and best practice by police forces in implementing measures to prevent, reduce and disrupt organised crime through the Home Office’s ‘4Ps’ framework
  • Detailing how PCCs are working through multi-agency forums such as the National Anti-Trafficking and Modern Slavery Network to facilitate the development of best practice, information and intelligence sharing, and support for victims of serious and organised crime 

Marc Jones, Lead for Policing Delivery – Serious and Organised Crime, Association of Police and Crime Commissioners (CONFIRMED) 


Special Keynote: Evaluating the Government's Approach to Tackling Serious and Organised Crime

  • Discussing a forthcoming National Audit Office report due in Summer 2019 evaluating the strategic direction taken by the Home Office and NCA in tackling serious and organised crime
  • Examining the coherence of the Government’s approach to serious and organised crime and reviewing how plans and goals are set across the various crime and law enforcement partner agencies 
  • Assessing whether governance and accountability processes in tackling serious and organised crime are robust, and ensuring resources are allocated efficiently and effectively
  • Reporting how performance is managed and bench-marked across the network of government organisations working to tackle serious and organised crime

Lizzie Hogarth, Audit Manager, National Audit Office (CONFIRMED) 


Questions and Answers Session


Case Study: Providing Specialist Policing Capabilities to Effectively Deal with Serious and Organised Crime

  • Outlining the role of Regional Organised Crime Units (ROCUs) in the wider policing and law enforcement community, and emphasising the importance of ROCUs in supporting implementation of the Serious and Organised Crime Strategy 2018
  • Highlighting how North West ROCU acts as a link between police forces in the region and the NCA, as well as providing specialist capabilities and support for disrupting serious and organised crime, such as undercover policing, surveillance, and cyber-crime investigation
  • Sharing details around utilising specialist tactics and working with local partners to carry out successful operations, such as Operation Pitscale and Operation Yashin
  • Detailing how other forces can effectively tackle organised drug networks and ‘county lines’ offenders through partnership working, with the North West ROCU having arrested over 500 people and seized over 800 kilograms of drugs in 2018
  • Providing guidance around successfully executing the Proceeds Of Crime Act (POCA) Confiscation orders as and when necessary to ensure the just prosecution of organised criminals

Detective Superintendent Tony Creely, Head, North West Regional Organised Crime Unit (invited)


Case Study: Piloting a Joint Police-Local Authority Initiative to Improve Community Resilience to Organised Crime

  • Tackling and preventing serious and organised crime in Sedgemoor through a Home Office-backed partnership initiative between Avon and Somerset Police and Sedgemoor District Council called ‘Project Sicga’
  • Highlighting how the pilot scheme will follow the 4Ps framework underpinning the Serious and Organised Crime Strategy 2018 and evaluating how this translates into practical measures, such as running community events to give residents new skills or career guidance
  • Detailing how ‘Project Sicga’ focuses its efforts on the main serious and organised crime threats in the Somerset area, including rural crime, fraud, child exploitation, modern slavery and county lines
  • Reporting on successes so far, and how £160,000 in funding is being spent on projects, interventions and supporting vulnerable residents who may be targeted or lured into serious or organised crime
  • Sharing guidance around forging a close, effective and unified working partnership between the police force and district council, and outlining benefits and impact of the collaboration on operational efficiency and crime outcomes
  • Analysing the value of having a multi-agency governance board providing strategic overview of the pilot, as well as specialist support from the South West ROCU

Amy Hurst, Serious and Organised Crime Community Coordinator, Lead for ‘Project Sicga’, Sedgemoor District Council (invited)

Carolyn Belafonte, Detective Superintendent, Avon and Somerset Police (invited)


Questions and Answers Session


Refreshments and Networking


Case Study: Establishing Robust Multi-Agency Partnerships to Address Gang Violence and Exploitation

  • Outlining the key objectives and action plan of the Kent and Medway Gangs Strategy 2018-2021, a multi-agency partnership established to end the criminal exploitation of vulnerable children and adults by gangs
  • Focusing the strategy on prevention, early intervention, and safeguarding vulnerable individuals; analysing how this will be facilitated through better information sharing between partner agencies
  • Bringing together a variety of agencies to tackle organised crime holistically, including Kent Police, the Medway Community Safety Partnership, local schools, youth services, Kent County Council, and the Integrated Offender Management scheme
  • Recognising that a high proportion of gangs operating in Kent and Medway are from BAME communities, and ensuring that frontline staff work with high levels of cultural awareness to find the right ways to best protect vulnerable young people and adults
  • Drawing on the success of Thanet District Council’s multi-agency Margate Task Force in proactively identifying individuals vulnerable to gang exploitation through peer group analysis

Councillor Mike Hill, Chairman, Kent Community Safety Partnership and Kent and Medway Police and Crime Panel (invited)

John Drew, Chair, Medway Safeguarding Children Board (invited)

Nick Downing, Assistant Chief Constable, Lead – Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, Kent and Essex Police (invited)


Case Study: The Role of the Voluntary Sector in Developing Services to Protect Vulnerable Individuals from Serious Organised Crime

  • Providing one-to-one, non-judgemental support to women at risk of, or involved in, sex work in Edinburgh across a range of issues, including healthcare, addictions, domestic abuse, housing and parenting
  • Detailing how the ‘Another Way’ service works in partnership with a range of agencies, including NHS Lothian’s Harm Reduction Team, The Women’s Clinic and Police Scotland, allowing for effective referrals to provide the most appropriate form of victim support
  • Engaging with the growing number of Romanian women in Edinburgh, many of whom are at risk of being trafficked; producing leaflets in Romanian to reach out to more women and protecting them from potential or existing criminal exploitation
  • Collaborating with the National Ugly Mugs scheme to enable women to anonymously report offences, and being award ‘Star Status’ by the scheme for best practice
  • Sharing guidance on how other victims’ charities can develop strategies and initiatives to effectively safeguard victims of serious and organised crime, and prevent potential future offences through proactive joint working

Tom Halpin, Chief Executive, Sacro (CONFIRMED)

Kerri Swindells, Chief Operations Officer, National Ugly Mugs (NUM) (invited)


Case Study: Educating Young People About Organised Crime and Raising Awareness of Criminal Exploitation

  • Developing the Serious Organised Crime Insight Programme as part of an educational initiative jointly funded by Merseyside Police and Everton in the Community (EitC) 
  • Raising awareness amongst students from Years 9-11 about the damaging impact of criminal exploitation by enrolling them as “trainee detectives” in a mock case
  • Working with the Royal Liverpool University Hospital to allow a nurse clinician to talk to the children about treating victims of knife crime, demonstrating the risks of involvement in serious criminal activity 
  • Educating students to help them identify the warning signs of exploitation and equip them with the understanding, knowledge and skills to ensure they make better life choices
  • Sharing guidance around the process of designing and organising the scheme, how funding was secured, and how other areas can implement similar eye-opening initiatives 

Steve Reardon, Detective Chief Inspector, Merseyside Police (CONFIRMED)

Sue Gregory, Director of Youth Engagement, Everton in the Community (EitC) (CONFIRMED)


Questions and Answers Session


Chair’s Summary and Close

*Programme subject to change

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