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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]4th April 2018 [status]being-progressed[/status][/on][on]4th April 2018 [comment]

The HMICFRS 2016 effectiveness inspection found 'clear evidence that OCG mapping procedures are followed in accordance with national guidelines'. Since then Essex and Kent Police via the joint Serious Crime Directorate (SCD) have developed Operation Scorpion which is designed to improve overall SCD OCG management. A two day informal review of the improvements made is scheduled for April 2018 with formal inspection scheduled for the 2018/19 integrated PEEL inspections.

[/comment][/on][on]24th August 2018 [comment]

This recommendation is complete. The responsibility for mapping organised crime groups has been transferred to the regional organised crime unit, ERSOU.

[/comment][/on][on]18th September 2018 [status]complete[/status][/on]