Reducing the impact of serious organised crime in local communities

Reducing the impact of serious organised crime in local communities

This two year study by the Police Foundation and Perpetuity Research focused on the impact of organised crime on local communities. It also looked at how local communities tackle this threat.

In previous research we found that the police do not always acknowledge or prioritise the most harmful crimes. This can be due to low reporting or because of the limitations of the available crime data.

As part of this project we developed a narrative for organised crime that is rooted at the local level. Based on this understanding of local harms, the research recommends solutions to reducing the impact of serious organised crime.

The approach

Members of the research team were based within three cities in two police force areas. They examined police data sets, interviewed practitioners and drew on input from local or national agencies outside the police service. The study assessed:

  • The scale of victimisation and where it is occurring.
  • The impact of organised crime on local communities.
  • The nature of organised crime that has a local impact.
  • How effective police and partner agencies are in responding to organised crime.

Our findings

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What’s next?

The Police Foundation and Perpetuity Research are continuing with their successful partnership to collaborate on a follow-up study focusing on improving the local response to fraudFind out more…