The Police Foundation and Perpetuity Research have completed a two-year study which focused on understanding the impact of serious organised crime in local communities and how this threat is tackled locally.
Some of the most harmful crimes are unacknowledged or not prioritised by the police due to low levels of reporting and the limitations of data collected on them. We developed a narrative for organised crime that is rooted at the local level, with a view to recommending local solutions to improving understanding and reducing these harms.
Members of the research team were based within three cities in two UK police force areas. They examined police data sets, interviewed practitioners and where possible, drew on data or input from local or national agencies outside the police service. The study assessed:
- The scale and distribution of victimisation caused by organised crime.
- The impact of organised crime on local communities.
- The nature of organised crime that impacts locally.
- The effectiveness of the response from police and partner agencies.
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 fraud. Find out more…