Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 21 August 2014

New plans to tackle organised crime

The Government is setting out plans for a new push against organised crime, while cutting the costs of policing

The Government is setting out plans for a new push against organised crime, while cutting the costs of policing.

The Organised Crime Strategy is intended to ensure there is a co-ordinated national approach to the issue across government, law enforcement, and the security and intelligence agencies.

At the same time, ministers say the strategy is designed to reduce the costs of tackling a problem which is estimated to cost the UK between £20 billion and £40 billion each year.

It will pave the way for the creation in 2103 of the new National Crime Agency, which will replace the Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca) and the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (Ceop), as well as housing the national cyber crime unit and covering border policing and economic crime.

Soca was criticised by MPs in 2009 after it was disclosed that it managed to recover just £1 from criminals for every £15 of public money spent.

Home Office minister James Brokenshire said: "The Organised Crime Strategy will bring a new emphasis on the prevention of organised crime alongside a greater push to ensure that more prosecution and disruption activity takes place against more organised criminals, at a reduced cost."

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