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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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The force has introduced a new process and governance structure to manage HMICFRS recommendations. An initial meeting to discuss recommendations was held with WMD Force Liaison Officer Steve Barley and Sharanjit Dhillon on 26 April 2018. There is now a nominated owner (senior officer) for each recommendation, an action tracker system on Sharepoint where activity undertaken to address the recommendation is recorded and a scrutiny/sign off process that is led by chief officers.

The force has begun collating information from different sources about activity and actions taken to address recommendations and the process to summarise the force position for each one is underway. The HMICFRS Force Liaison Lead will work with the force to review activity to date, assess the current position for each recommendation and monitor progress through the new process. Recommendations will be submitted to the HMICFRS regional chief of staff for sign off when appropriate.

The nominated owner of this action is: Supt Lee Wharmby.

[/comment][/on][on]9th July 2018 [comment]

8767 – Owner: Supt Lee Wharmby, Intelligence (OCG mapping)

In 2017, the force acknowledged that the previous year its OCG mapping processes produced a low number of mapped OCGs compared to national rates because of the bespoke approach it took to mapping. However, it maintained that it was effective in how it tackled OCGs and this assertion was supported by HMIC grading the force as GOOD for serious and organised crime in Effectiveness 2016.

In response to this recommendation the force retrospectively reviewed relevant investigations where there was organised criminality. It revised its mapping processes and in August 2017 had 103 mapped OCGs, a 63% rise on the previous year. The force was again graded as GOOD by HMICFRS in Effectiveness 2017 where it was noted that the force was applying the mapping process more rigorously and that the number of mapped OCGs was in line with national rates.

At a meeting with DCS Lee Wharmby (head of WMP intelligence) on 9th May 2018 it was confirmed that responsibility for mapping OCGs has been transferred from the force to the Regional Organised Crime Threat Assessment (ROCTA) unit within the WMROCU. There is a dedicated OCG coordinator in force acting as the liaison point for ROCTA staff. On the date of the meeting there were 92 mapped OCGs in the WMP area, each with a 4P plan, a nominated Local Responsible Officer (LRO) and governance structure in place.

SOC insight work carried out on 27/28 June 2018 as part of IPA 2018 confirmed that force processes around SOC remain strong with good levels of performance. The force continues to prioritise its work on OCGs and serious and organised crime. A force SOC strategy is currently being written to complement the 18/19 Analysis of Organised Crime report and the SOC force profile. Area SOC profiles are produced annually and are currently being refreshed.

I consider that the force has met the requirement of this recommendation and it should be marked as closed.

[/comment][/on][on]10th July 2018 [status]complete[/status][/on][on]10th July 2018 [comment]

Authorised for closure.