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As stated in the Serious and Organised Crime Strategy, the Regional Organised Crime Units (ROCUs) play a vital role in UK law enforcement’s response to serious and organised crime. They are the principal link between the National Crime Agency (NCA) and police forces in England and Wales. They also provide their forces with access to specialist capabilities to tackle complex and high-harm serious and organised crime.
The Government has been working with the NCA and partners across law enforcement to deliver accurate and consistent disruptions based reporting on their collective effect against serious and organised crime. This culminated in the production of NCA minimum standards for assessing and reporting disruptions against serious and organised crime earlier this year. Using these standards we are now better able to understand performance across all parts of the system. In 2017/18, ROCU operations led to 2,052 recorded disruptions in 2017/18, while their support to partners contributed to more than 2,675 further disruptions.
Going forward, the Government included in the published Serious and Organised Crime Strategy (CM9718) a series of success measures relating to the four overarching objectives that will be used to assess the impact of the new strategy (see pages 37, 47, 51, 57, 60 and 61). The success measures will draw on information that is published routinely within, for example, the National Crime Agency’s (NCA) National Strategic Assessment of Serious and Organised Crime, HMICFRS PEEL effectiveness assessments of police forces in England and Wales, and the annual departmental reports for the Home Office and for the NCA