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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.

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As of Tuesday 3 April 2018, a new capability known as Regional Organised Crime Threat Assessment (ROCTA) will commence in the South West, which will provide a consistent and enhanced approach to the identification and assessment of threats from Organised Crime. This improved understanding will in turn support tasking processes at a force, regional and national level to ensure resources are focused on disrupting the highest threats to our communities. ROCTA will also assess our collective response to Serious and Organised Crime to better understand the disruptive impact and identify and share best practice across policing and wider law enforcement. Although led by the South West Regional Organised Crime Unit (SW ROCU), ROCTA is a partnership comprising of staff within the ROCU and staff working locally in Forces, who will together deliver this new capability.

As of 3 April new processes will commence for identification, assessment and creation of Organised Crime Groups (OCGs) and from the week beginning 9 April, OCG data will be accessible via the Police National Database (PND).

In addition, new processes for the assessment of Priority Individuals and Vulnerabilities will begin, which will widen our understanding and therefore response to threats.

Priority Individuals are those persons committing serious and organised crime on a sustained basis but are not part of a recognised Organised Crime Group.

Vulnerabilities are threats which do not manifest as a group or individual (for example vulnerability of drones at prisons, borders vulnerable to clandestine entry or bitcoin ATMs vulnerable to money laundering).

In Gloucestershire work has already commenced and initial consultation has taken place between SOC and the Neighbourhood Policing teams as currently most NP Inspectors are the local responsible officers for OCGs. Continued work will be carried out in the coming weeks. It is anticipated that there will be a period of time for this process to mature and fully embed across the Region.

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