An inspection of the north-east regional response to serious and organised crime

Published on: 7 December 2022

As part of our police effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy (PEEL) inspections, we inspected how well police forces tackle serious and organised crime (SOC). In 2022, we changed how we inspect this aspect of policing, to incorporate inspections of the ten regions, as well as the nine regional organised crime units (ROCUs) throughout England and Wales and the 43 police forces. This improves our understanding of how well forces and ROCUs work together to tackle SOC.

This report includes sections on the following:

  • Regional findings – a summary of inspection evidence that identifies good or poor performance within the region; in other words, involving or relating to the ROCU and its constituent forces. The performance of the region is not given a graded judgment. Instead, we highlight areas for improvement, causes of concern, and innovative and promising practice in this section, where applicable.
  • The ROCU and individual forces – the ROCU and each individual force are given a graded judgment, with a summary of the findings from our inspection and highlighted sections for areas for improvement, causes of concern, and innovative and promising practice.

The individual forces in this report are Cleveland, Durham, and Northumbria.

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