Is the organised crime group mapping process effectively identifying threat, harm and risk?

Worth, Adam (2016) Is the organised crime group mapping process effectively identifying threat, harm and risk? BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    This dissertation investigates the current method used to highlight Organised Crime Groups (OCGs) to police forces in the UK in order to explore the relationship between this process and the effective management of the threat, harm and risk it highlights, together with the understanding that police forces are directing resources based on this process and whether it is an adequate method to do this. The aim of this work was to focus on secondary data obtained from a participating force in the South of the UK over two years 2013 and 2015 and to analyse the data alongside other secondary sources in order to identify the way in which the process reflects harm to police forces. This is combined by other secondary data in order to ensure reliability and validity where possible.
    The results suggest that the overall process of capturing data on OCGs is more than adequate in providing police forces with a clear understanding of where their greatest threat harm and risk is placed, however the issues this study raises are around validation of the data from the outset and the process of ensuring that the greatest threat, harm and risk groups are actually represented on the map.
    The study found that the providing force was not analysing the data in any great detail once captured and there was a distinct difference in data gaps between the two years under investigation namely 2013 and 2015.
    A combination of police culture, lack of knowledge of police managers and officers, the absence of general understanding of the organised crime group mapping process, a lack of guidance from police forces around this process and what it means stand out as factors that may explain why South West Police Forces have the lowest number of OCGs identified in the UK, this is essential to them in times of austerity and in order to get the best possible value out of regional crime units, because without a suitable method to raise threat, harm and risk through a tasking process no resources are likely to be allocated to tackle their largest threat, harm and risk.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2017 14:51
    Last Modified: 20 Jan 2017 14:51

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