The UK Cabinet Office reported in 2018 that serious and organised crime (SOC) affects more UK citizens, more often, than any other national security threat. It costs the UK at least £37 billion annually.
It’s therefore quite right EMPAC is prioritising SOC in the research and innovation regional agenda. They way we’re doing that is through an operational and academic lead both actively working together on identifying new and better ways of tackling SOC in the East Midlands. Those two leads are Deputy Chief Constable Chris Haward and Professor Dave Walsh of De Montfort University.
The East Midlands Special Operations Unit has significant existing strengths, in pursuing offenders through prosecution and disruption, but this collaborative and co-production approach is about bringing more opportunities, new ways of thinking and new tactics to:
• prevent people from engaging in serious and organised crime
• protect victims, organisations and systems from its harms
• prepare for when it occurs, mitigating the impact
The East Midlands have identified six key aspects that are of particular relevant to the region – understanding international links;understanding digital technologies; understanding OCG business models; protection from OCGs; what works; and developing a more agile law enforcement mindset.
A university-wide approach at De Montfort has brought together multiple academic disciplines (Psychology, Computer Science, Law, Accountancy, Education, Community and Youth, Business, Criminology, Policing and the Public Engagement Team) with a number of policing professional practitioners, who are specialists in SOC.
This ‘A Team’ of police-academic collaboration have set about hunting down more knowledge about potential links between national and international OCG networks, future crime types and getting ahead of criminal entrepreneurialism.
This group is continuing to meet to further probe key questions such as what are the current knowledge gaps?; what does policing not currently know?; and how can it best find out out and fill such knowledge gaps?; and all in as agile a way as possible.
If you feel you have some expertise or insight to contribute to this ongoing and vitally important collaborative enterprise, hosted at De Montfort university, Leicester, then get in touch with Professor Walsh at: – firstname.lastname@example.org.
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