Organised Crime

Home Department written question – answered on 21st April 2008.

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Photo of John Spellar John Spellar Labour, Warley

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress has been made on tackling serious and organised crime in the last 12 months.

Photo of Vernon Coaker Vernon Coaker Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office) (Crime Reduction)

The Serious Crime Act 2007 introduced a number of provisions for tackling organised crime more effectively. These included the creation of Serious Crime Prevention Orders, a new offence of encouraging or assisting crime, measures to improve data sharing to prevent and detect fraud, improvements in the law relating to the proceeds of crime and the merger of the Assets Recovery Agency into the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA).

£35 million of additional funding is being provided for improving protective services over the next three years specifically targeted at supporting collaborative work and strengthening police forces' ability to combat serious organised criminal networks. This funding will help continue work initiated by the Association of Chief Police Officers maintaining the 10 Regional Intelligence Units and enabling the East Midlands Special Operations Unit to continue its work to tackle serious and organised crime in its area.

SOCA will report on its achievements during 2007-08 in its annual report, due to be published in May, and the creation of the UK Border Agency from 1 April will improve the Government's response to organised crime by strengthening the UK's border controls.

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