criminal justice
local government
voluntary sector
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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 (SOC). Attendees will hear how key law enforcement agencies and sector partners are implementing strategies at a national, regional and local 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 SOC through multi-sector partnerships, enhancing cross-force coordination, utilising specialist capabilities, raising youth awareness and safeguarding vulnerable individuals. 

Audience

This Forum is specifically designed to be a multi-sector event including the criminal justice, central government, local government and voluntary sectors amongst others focusing on the importance of cross-sector collaboration in effectively tackling Serious and Organised Crime.

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 
  • Partnership Managers 
  • Probation Officers 
  • Victim Protection Leads 
  • Heads of Safeguarding 
  • Policy Advisors

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
  • Nicole Nicholls, Deputy Director Intelligence Hub, National Crime Agency
  • Detective Chief Superintendent Pat Campbell, Strategic Lead – Specialist Crime Support, Police Scotland 
  • Lizzie Hogarth, Audit Manager, National Audit Office
  • Detective Superintendent Jess Wadsworth, Head, South East Regional Organised Crime Unit
  • Marc Jones, Lead for Policing Delivery – Serious and Organised Crime, Association of Police and Crime Commissioners
  • Steve Reardon, Detective Chief Inspector, Merseyside Police 
  • Peter Goodman QPM, Chief Constable, Derbyshire Constabulary
  • Amy Hurst, Serious and Organised Crime Community Coordinator – Lead for ‘Project Sicga’, Sedgemoor District Council
  • Detective Chief Inspector Tracy Pemberton, Serious and Organised Crime Group – Operation Tropic Lead, Hertfordshire Constabulary 
  • Sian Lee, Managing Director, Shiva Foundation
  • 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 (SOC) 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 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 evolving to increasingly exploit 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 Home Secretary Sajid Javid implemented the largest funding increase for the police since 2010, committing an additional £90 million in national, regional and local capabilities to better address SOC, 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. 

Detective Chief Superintendent Patrick Campbell, Strategic Lead - Specialist Crime Support, Police Scotland 

Pat joined Strathclyde Police in 1995, and joined the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) in 1999 where he has spent most of his career to date.

Moving through the ranks Pat has led a number of successful homicide investigations, as well as proactively driving a number of proactive investigations targeting serious and organised crime groups operating within the force area and beyond. In particular leading on the ‘Cold Case’ investigation into the abduction and homicide of Moira Anderson (11yrs) from Coatbridge in 1957 which resulted in the landmark decision by the Lord Advocate to name a deceased as being responsible for this crime, without the recovery a body. 

In February 2014, Pat was promoted to the rank of Detective Superintendent within the new National Force, and thereafter in August 2018 was promoted to the rank of Detective Chief Superintendent and appointed strategic lead for Specialist Crime Support within Specialist Crime Division of Police Scotland.

An experienced Senior Investigating Officer who can demonstrate a wealth of experience and success within Homicide and Serious & Organised Crime operations, as well as the management of high profile investigations, internal reviews, national project work. Pat also has experience of expertly managing a number of time-critical and high profile incidents.

08:45

Registration, Refreshments and Networking


09:30

Chair's Welcome Address

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


09:40

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

  • Outlining the key provisions of the Home Office’s 2018 Serious and Organised Crime Strategy, and how the framework of Pursue, Prevent, Protect and Prepare (4Ps) will operate in practice
  • 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
  • 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

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


10:00

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 2018 Serious and Organised Crime Strategy
  • 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

Nicole Nicholls, Deputy Director Intelligence Hub, National Crime Agency (CONFIRMED)


10:30

Questions and Answers Session


10:50

Refreshments and Networking


11:10

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

  • Outlining the methods used by Derbyshire Constabulary to achieve an ‘Outstanding’ rating for Tackling Serious and Organised Crime in the annual HMICFRS Peel Effectiveness Report
  • Discussing the role of partnership working with SOC specialists and utilising resources provided by the East Midlands Special Operations Unit and the National Crime Agency to effectively coordinate wider anti-organised crime initiatives
  • Providing insight into innovative methods to identify and divert those at risk of being drawn into organised crime, including the use of multi-agency visits and facilitating access to the Troubled Families programme
  • Sharing best practice around effectively monitoring and managing local organised crime groups in collaboration with local partners

Peter Goodman QPM, Chief Constable, Derbyshire Constabulary (CONFIRMED)


11:30

Case Study: Working in Partnership Across Law Enforcement to Tackle Organised Crime – The Scottish Perspective

  • Discussing how Police Scotland has attempted to tackle SOC through a whole-system approach that includes working with local authorities, central government, the NHS and voluntary sectors
  • Understanding how Police Scotland’s structure as a singular, national force has supported delivery of the 2015 Serious Organised Crime Strategy
  • Highlighting the role of the Organised Crime Partnership between Police Scotland and the National Crime Agency in providing the specialist capacity and collaboration needed to tackle SOC
  • Sharing best practice insight and experiences into how police forces can best work together to retain local input whilst implementing national goals to ensure effective tackling of SOC

Detective Chief Superintendent Pat Campbell, Strategic Lead – Specialist Crime Support, Police Scotland (CONFIRMED)


11:50

Questions and Answers Session


12:10

Lunch and Networking


13:10

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

  • Evaluating the 2018 Serious and Organised Crime Strategy and assessing the role of Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) in coordinating effective, joined-up police strategies to disrupt and prosecute criminal networks
  • 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) 


13:30

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

  • Discussing a forthcoming National Audit Office report due in Summer 2019 examining the approach taken by the Home Office and the National Crime Agency to tackling serious and organised crime.
  • Highlighting how the report will include an examination of how plans and goals are set; how performance is managed across the system of organisations tackling serious and organised crime; and how funding and resources are allocated.
  • Sharing insight as to how the National Audit Office provides a rigorous scrutiny process to effectively examine the approach of the Home Office and the National Crime Agency in tackling serious and organised crime

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


13:50

Questions and Answers Session


14:10

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 the South East 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
  • Detailing how a partnership between the SEROCU and Cyber Security Academy at the University of Southampton will aid tackling the evolving use of cryptocurrencies in criminal activities

Detective Superintendent Jess Wadsworth, Head, South East Regional Organised Crime Unit (CONFIRMED)


14:30

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

  • 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 2018 Serious and Organised Crime Strategy 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 outcome

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

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


14:50

Questions and Answers Session


15:10

Refreshments and Networking


15:30

Case Study: Establishing Robust Multi-Agency Partnerships To Tackle Modern Slavery

  • Detailing how the Hertfordshire Constabulary and the Shiva Foundation work in tandem with other regional partners to provide an effective, coordinated response to Modern Slavery
  • Understanding how police forces, charities and other regional partners can best work together to contribute effectively in supporting the victims of Modern Slavery
  • Outlining the formation and work of Operation Tropic, Hertfordshire’s dedicated police unit for Modern Slavery, additionally discussing the approach it has taken to coordinating Hertfordshire Constabulary’s response to Modern Slavery
  • Sharing guidance into the main challenges, successes and experiences of forming a successful multi-agency response to Modern Slavery and how other local areas in the UK can implement their own version of the collaboration

Detective Chief Inspector Tracy Pemberton, Serious and Organised Crime Group – Operation Tropic Lead, Hertfordshire Constabulary (CONFIRMED)

Sian Lee, Managing Director, Shiva Foundation (CONFIRMED)


15:50

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)


16:10

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)


16:30

Questions and Answers Session


16:50

Chair’s Summary and Close

*Programme subject to change


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