The emergence of the County Lines drug supply methodology, which involves gangs using mobile phone lines to deal drugs from urban areas to counties and rural towns, exploiting children and vulnerable people to move and supply drugs, highlights some familiar challenges we face when tackling serious organised crime.
We see reports concerning all kinds of sexual abuse of children, but the vast majority are for child sexual abuse images and videos. While we continue to see children sold for sex in the real world – on the streets, in casinos and at truck stops – most child sex trafficking today is facilitated online.
Having worked with almost every force in the country regarding financial investigation, and nearly all Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) powered government bodies, we’ve learnt a few key lessons over the years. Through our partnerships, and customers and experts we’ve worked with along the way we’re now sharing this experience of working with those conducting financial investigations abroad.
As the world becomes more interconnected, the policing environment grows more complex. To adapt, law enforcement agencies have had to continually find new ways to do more with less. Efforts to modernize information technologies and enhance agency‐to‐agency communication have done much to improve efficiency and effectiveness.
The threat from Serious and Organised Crime (SOC) continues to evolve. It covers a wide range of criminal offences, from more 'traditional' threats such as drug trafficking to 'newer' threats such as cyber crime, and crimes around which our understanding is evolving, such as modern slavery and child sexual exploitation.
There are many and varied clichés about the scale and impact of serious and organised crime. What we all know, is that it is multi-faceted, multi-generational and is a truly wicked problem impacting in all of our local communities in one form or another.
The headlines this week would have us believe London now suffers more murders than New York. This is likely to be a short term impact of counting extraordinarily tragic events that still happen infrequently. By the end of 2018 it is likely that there will be more recorded murders in New York than London. The headline figures though have generated much media interest and in The Guardian newspaper on Saturday 7th April David Lammy MP who has seen the tragic murder of four of his constituents in 2018 suggests that some of the murders are linked to the cocaine trade. Territorial battles.
The Conference organising committee recently met to articulate the key themes and topics for this year's conference. Further details, including the speakers will be available in the coming weeks.
A number of speakers were asked their opinion of the topics under discussion at SOCEX 2017