A significant proportion of all crime is attributable to serious and organised crime groups and we know that this is a major problem for Merseyside.
Organised crime affects real people in real communities and manifests itself in a number of ways, all of them serious and harmful to individuals and
communities. It is a complex and expensive problem, estimated to cost the UK in excess of £24 billion a year.
In Merseyside, serious and organised crime manifests itself, in particular, as gun crime and drug-related offences. However, the term may also describe other, often inter-related, organised criminal behaviour such as the destructive activities of gangs, aggravated robbery and burglary, child sexual exploitation, fraud and cyber-crime.
Together with partners, Merseyside Police adopts a combination of investigative, legislative and disruptive actions to ensure that Merseyside as a whole, as well as its individual communities, establishes itself as a hostile environment for organised criminal activity. To do this, the Force acts in compliance with the national strategy via a robust, locally-develop strategy that mirrors the four national strands of Pursue, Prevent, Protect and Prepare.
Read Jane's latest report to the Police and Crime Panel on the work being done to tackle this priority here