PCC Marc Jones welcomes the launch of the new Serious and Organised Crime Strategy
The launch of the Government’s new Serious and Organised Crime Strategy has been welcomed by Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner Marc Jones.
Mr Jones is due to meet Home Ministers and senior officials on Monday (Nov 5) for a round table discussion on how to tackle organised crime.
In the strategy document, launched this week, Home Secretary Sajid Javid said serious and organised crime “persistently erodes our economy and our communities” and described the problem as the “most deadly national security threat faced by the UK”.
The strategy sets out four key goals in the fight against criminal gangs:
1. Relentless disruption and targeted action against the highest harm serious and organised criminals and networks - we will target our capabilities on criminals exploiting vulnerable people, including the most determined and prolific child sex offenders and we will proactively target, pursue and dismantle the highest harm networks affecting the UK.
2. Building the highest levels of defence and resilience in vulnerable people, communities, businesses and systems - we will remove vulnerabilities in our systems and organisations, giving criminals fewer opportunities to target and exploit. We will ensure our citizens better recognise the techniques of criminals and take steps to protect themselves.
3. Stopping the problem at the source, identifying and supporting those at risk of engaging in criminality - we will develop and use preventative methods and education to divert more young people from a life of serious and organised crime and reduce reoffending.
4. Establishing a single, whole-system approach - at the local, regional, national and international levels, we will align our collective efforts to respond as a single system.
PCC Marc Jones said the new approach was a positive step in the drive to keep communities and residents in Lincolnshire safe.
“I have made it one of my key priorities to bring agencies together to fight crime, reduce offending and protect victims,” he said.
“The new strategy reflects the steps I believe are crucial in ensuring our residents are, and feel, safe.
“I welcome the strategy but recognize that to implement it effectively we need the resources to deliver.”
In Mr Jones’ Community Safety, Policing and Criminal Justice Plan for Lincolnshire released last year he set out community safety and prevention in partnership as a cornerstone of this four year plan.
The plan committed to “bring all partners together to work to reduce crime. This includes councils, health services, probation, voluntary and community organisations, the public and the courts”.