Serious and Organised Crime

Serious and organised crime (SOC) covers a wide range of planned activities by individuals involved in areas such as Class A drug trafficking, human trafficking crime and fraud.

Organised criminals working together for a particular criminal activity are called an organised crime group (OCG). Their motivation is often, but not always, financial gain. Serious and organised crime almost always involves the exploitation of vulnerable people which can involve both children and adults who require safeguarding.

Serious and Organised Crime can affect all of us and includes:

  • Organised supply and distribution of drugs (County Lines)
  • Child sexual exploitation (CSE), including the sharing of indecent images of children online
  • Human trafficking and modern slavery
  • Major theft and robbery
  • Fraud and other forms of financial crime
  • Supply of firearms or other weapons and counterfeit goods
  • Cyber crime and cyber-enabled crime

Under section 17 of the Crime and Disorder Act, we have a responsibility to do all that we reasonably can to prevent, crime and disorder in their area. Publically commissioned private and voluntary sector providers must also contribute to prevention efforts through due diligence and information sharing to protect communities from serious and organised crime.

North Somerset’s Community Safety Partnership (CSP) works in partnership with a range of agencies allowing access to a wealth of powers through it’s partners from across law enforcement, Trading Standards, Planning Enforcement, Licensing, Environmental Protection, Community Safety and safeguarding. These powers are used by the partnership to effectively disrupt the activity of local Organised Crime Groups, helping to minimise the impact on communities in North Somerset.

Examples include:

  • Raising awareness of serious and organised crime to increase intelligence gathering
  • Sharing information about properties being used to enable crime
  • Tackling traders of illicit goods that may have links to other criminal activity
  • Closing venues that are operating illegally or permitting the sale of illicit goods
  • Using anti-social behaviour tools and powers to disrupt activity that may be linked to SOC