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Causes of concern

HMIC found that the current approach to mapping organised crime groups is applied by forces in an unacceptably inconsistent way, giving an incomplete and inaccurate picture of the national threat. Given the severity and nature of organised crime, a more coherent and consistent approach is critical.

Recommendation 5

• Immediately, the responsibility for mapping organised crime groups should be transferred from individual police forces to regional organised crime units, and this transfer should be completed no later than September 2017.

[on]3rd March 2017 [status]awaiting-review[/status][/on][on]7th June 2018 [comment]

Following meeting in force on 21/05/2018, the force agreed to supply an update to this recommendation. (Pete Thomas IO)

[/comment][/on][on]16th July 2018 [comment]

The force has been asked to confirm if ERSOU now have responsibility for OCG mapping for Eastern region inc Bedfordshire Police

[/comment][/on][on]26th July 2018 [comment]

Insight work at ERSOU was undertaken on 25th July 2018, led by DCS Andrea Bishop and the BED FLL. The Regional Intelligence Group was attended and the OCG mapping and scoring processes examined in detail. The unit lead (A/SUPT) was interviewed and the new ROCTA visited and subjected to reality testing in respect of OCG trigger forms and mapping. The inspection found that systems and processes were as per national guidance and that ERSOU takes the lead for OCG mapping for all seven regional forces. The FLL is content that given the evidence found and the satisfactory processes witnessed, this recommendation may be considered for closure.

[/comment][/on][on]27th July 2018 [status]complete[/status][/on][on]27th July 2018 [comment]

Agreed this action is complete and the recommendation can be closed.