Regional Organised Crime Units (730)

By 30 June 2016, every police force in England and Wales should publish an action plan that sets out in detail what steps it will take to make maximum use of the ROCU capabilities, minimise duplication at force level, and ensure that the use of shared ROCU resources are prioritised between regional forces. This action plan should be developed:

  • in consultation with police and crime commissioners, ROCUs and the ROCU executive board;
  • with regard to both local force priorities (in particular, as specified in the relevant police and crime plan) and National Crime Agency (NCA) priorities; and
  • with regard to the other recommendations contained in this report.

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The ROCU is assessing the capability and capacity across the ROCU and forces. A report recommending solutions to duplication in forces around financial investigation and surveillance resources, and some gaps in forces around cyber crime was presented to heads of crime. An assistant chief constable position is being created to manage ROCU resources and address the concerns on collaboration between forces and ROCU.

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The force has set out its priorities in line with the Police and Crime Plan and National Crime Agency priorities around SOC, surveillance, cyber crime and complex fraud and financial crime. The force will say that this constitutes its action plan and helps maximise use of the ROCU capabilities, minimise duplication at force level, and ensure that the use of shared ROCU resources are prioritised between regional forces.

Regional Programme board has now considered a business case to establish a regionalised SOC and Surveillance team, however,this has been paused with no clear timeframe for it being reconsidered. The new ROCTA team at the ROCU will facilitate greater comparability and consistency of OCG scoring which in turn will enable regional tasking to be much better informed and make decisions based on score and complexity of OCGs in accepting work into the ROCU. The project team in laying out the potential models for a recent review of Regional tasking has recommended introducing more dynamic tasking of ROCU resources which will also ensure better engagement and service to forces around specialist capacity and collaboration around SOCI & S did not show a large amount of duplication or indeed savings without a significant change in service to local forces. A more mature Regional tasking may mean in the future collaborative opportunities around SOCI&S are reinvigorated.

Cyber crime- a new cyber dependent team in Wiltshire police is in development, the following has been agreed:Cyber dependent crime teams managed and coordinated by RCCU’s and located in forces. Model that provides forces with local ring fenced response, integrated into an existing best practice governance framework, enhancing the Team UK operating model, delivering the SPR, HMIC and Specialist capabilities recommendations and delivering an NPCC consistent victim focused capability at the local level, whilst benefiting from being an integral part of a truly local to national cyber capability ACC Julie Fielding (Dorset) leading the SW implementation. Timescales June – September 2018

Complex fraud and Financial crime:Economic crime is now a regional priority and a strategic Governance Group is in existence. this group will examine and make recommendations about the structure and capabilities across the region.

January 2018: There exists a range of project streams within the ROCU programme board taking forward various strands of collaboration including OCGM, SOC and surveillance, Complex fraud, each of which are designed to understand any duplication of effort and promote the benefits of collaboration in these areas.

I await further evidence from the force to demonstrate what steps it has taken to make maximum use of the ROCU capabilities, minimise duplication at force level, and ensure that the use of shared ROCU resources are prioritised between regional forces.

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