The Deputy Police Commissioner will join more than 250 colleagues from the policing world for the Serious and Organised Crime Exchange (SOCEX) 2018.
Cllr Emily Spurrell is among those gathering in Reading for the annual event which brings together senior members of the police forces in the UK, Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC), the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), Trading Standards and other regulatory and enforcement authorities to examine the changing nature of serious crime.
It is the first conference since Merseyside Police's Chief Constable, Andy Cooke QPM, took over as the National Police Chiefs' Council (NPCC) lead for serious and organised crime.
In his introduction, Chief Constable Cooke has highlighted that the conference will look at tackling the threat from serious and organised crime through a slightly different lens. As a starting point firmly, the conference will look at establishing what the threat is, including some of the new technological threats such as drones and the sophistication of criminal operations at an international level.
The theme for this year’s event is ‘The Global to Local Impact of SOC’ and it will include focussing on the necessity for the development of a vision and the leadership required to turn the strategy into action, how the global threat can be linked to the locally visible threats, how the broader threat is being underpinned by the exploitation of the vulnerable and the harm that can result and how effective partnership working can be utilised to mitigate and counter the threat from serious and organised crime.
The event will be opened with a ministerial address from the Minister of State for Security, Ben Wallace MP, with speeches from Chief Constable Mike Barton, NCA Director of Investigations Nikki Holland, and former Merseyside Police Chief Constable, Professor Sir Jon Murphy. It will also include a presentation on child exploitation from the President and CEO of the National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children, John Clark, and a special presentation from Everton in the Community on how the club is contribution to reducing the threat of serious and organised crime
The conference programme will also feature a number of keynote plenary sessions, discussion groups and a series of parallel workshops with core themes including -
- Governance and coercion in communities
- Fraud and Cyber
- Alcohol / Tobacco
- Drugs and harm
- Modern Slavery Human Trafficking
Find out more about the conference here.