Today’s organised crime strategy sets out how law enforcement agencies will work together in the UK and abroad to disrupt international criminal networks, freeze criminal assets and keep communities safe.
New actions in ‘Local to global: reducing the risk from organised crime’ include:
- publishing a new UK Threat Assessment to inform the public of the threats from organised crime
- strengthening the ability of law enforcement agencies to recover assets and increasing the capacity to hit criminal finances
- as part of the new National Crime Agency, creating an organised crime co-ordination centre and developing organised crime group mapping
- greater international collaboration – identifying a priority countries list and co-operating with the European Union and the United States
- targeting and disrupting so-called front businesses run by criminals, which see large amounts of unpaid tax
Minister for crime and security James Brokenshire said: ‘This strategy places an emphasis on preventing people from getting involved in organised crime, promoting awareness to enable the public to protect themselves, and provides a more coordinated approach to prosecution and disruption activity.
‘The strategy will pave the way for the National Crime Agency, galvanising all those with a role to play in tackling organised crime. We need to address the threat at a local, national and international level in order to make a lasting impact.’
Serious organised crime is on the increase in the UK. There are around 38,000 organised criminals in the UK and around 6,000 organised crime groups.
It costs the UK public between £20 billion and £40 billion each year.
Mr Brokenshire added: ‘We have to take strong measures. This strategy sets out how UK law enforcement will work harder at rooting out the problem at the earliest stage.’