PCC Katy Bourne welcomes Serious Organised Crime Strategy
I welcome the Strategy to Combat Serious Organised Crime that the Security Minister has launched, following the recommendations in this year’s National Security Capability Review to create a co-ordinated and more effective whole system response across local police forces and national agencies.
Serious Organised Crime has a presence across the UK, affecting not just inner cities and towns but rural counties and coastal areas as well and it has been identified by Government as a national security threat.
I recognise the threat posed to Sussex residents by organised gangs and the pressure their criminal and often violent activity puts on our police officers.
Much of the crime that local people experience is directly linked to organised criminals.
Our children and young people are being drawn into drug running to supply the local demand created by the network of County Lines pushing drugs out from our larger cities.
Our elderly and vulnerable are targeted on an industrial scale by international fraudsters. Our personal identities, our bank accounts and our businesses are subject to almost daily hacking attempts and our innovations, valuable brands and intellectual property are regularly copied or stolen.
I will be asking the Chief Constable to reassure the public that Sussex Police is well placed to support the strategy and make our county a less comfortable place for organised crime.