Inspectorate publishes report on National Crime Agency's relationship with regional organised crime units
Today we published a report into the National Crime Agency’s (NCA) relationship with the regional organised crime unit (ROCU) network.
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We sought to establish how effectively the NCA works with one of its most important partners, the ROCU network, to tackle serious and organised crime. This was an inspection of the National Crime Agency not of the police or the ROCUs. The inspection asked:
- how effective are collaboration arrangements between the NCA and ROCUs?;
- how effective are the NCA’s regional organised crime co-ordinators at developing and maintaining the relationship between the NCA and ROCUs?;
- how does the NCA’s relationship with the ROCUs support their role to lead, task, co-ordinate and support operational activity at local, regional, national and international levels?;
- what support does the NCA provide to the ROCUs and is it effective and consistent across the network? What specialist capabilities does the NCA make available to ROCUs and how easy is it to access these?;
- how effective is the NCA at prioritising threat from the highest risk serious and organised criminals and engaging with ROCUs to target these through effective use of the capabilities for each agency?; and
- to what extent is the NCA integrated and/or co-located with the ROCUs to support their ‘relentless disruption of serious and organised crime’?
HM Inspectorate of Constabulary Matt Parr said:
“We sought to establish how effectively the NCA works with one of its most important partners, the ROCU network, to tackle serious and organised crime.
“This is a largely encouraging report, which found that the NCA and ROCUs work well together in some areas of law enforcement. We have made recommendations for the NCA and other bodies in areas improvements can be made. In particular, the Home Office should conduct a review of the funding arrangements for ROCUs that would reduce barriers to better integrated working between the National Crime Agency and the ROCU network.
“We are exploring the wider serious and organised crime network through our current inspection programme, including inspecting ROCUs and exploring serious and organised crime management in forces through our PEEL inspections.”
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