Serious organised crime and terrorism

Improving the local response

Under the 2011 Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act, PCCs are required to have regard to the Strategic Policing Requirement (SPR) issued by the Home Secretary when issuing or varying a Police and Crime Plan. The latest SPR issued in 2015 highlighted the following national areas of concern which must be addressed by each police force:

• terrorism

• serious and organised crime

• cyber-security incidents

• threats to public order and safety

• civil emergencies

• child sexual abuse and exploitation

At a local level, the police service are integral to minimising the risk of terrorism by preventing radicalisation, protecting public places, transport systems and critical infrastructure from attack.

Organised crime is serious crime which is coordinated and conducted by people working together on a continuing basis (Organised Crime Groups, or OCGs), often motivated by financial gain. OCGs are responsible for the trafficking of human beings, drugs, weapons, wildlife, historical and religious artefacts.

There are over 6,000 Organised Crime Groups (OCGs) active within the UK with a number operating in the Thames Valley. Therefore a combined national and local strategy is required.


Violence Reduction Units in focus

In 2019 the Home Office announced that 18 Police and Crime Commissioners in areas worst affected by violent crime would share £35 million to establish Violence Reduction Units (VRUs), with a further £35 million provided for 2020/21.

Police & Crime Bulletin July 2020

Three men convicted of the manslaughter of PC Andrew Harper

Today three men, Henry Long, aged 19, Albert Bowers and Jessie Cole, both aged 18, have been convicted of the manslaughter of PC Andrew Harper.

Police & Crime Bulletin June 2020

Tributes paid to victims of the Forbury Gardens attack

On Saturday 27th June a virtual vigil will be held in tribute to the victims of last week's appalling attack in Forbury Gardens.

Police & Crime Bulletin for November 2019

100 arrests, £65,000 in cash seized and £17,000 worth of drugs taken off the streets

A week of action to target “County Lines” drug dealing has seen significant results with 100 people arrested, as well as significant cash and drugs seizures, as part of Operation Stronghold.

Serious Organised Crime is just around the corner

Most people see serious organised crime as the subject of television drama. Quite exciting, fun to watch, a bit of a distraction from reality. Even when we do acknowledge it in the real world it is a phenomenon experienced in the big cities: London, Manchester, Liverpool and Birmingham.