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RUSImotif 2Disrupting Organised Crime: Developing the Evidence Base to Understand Effective Action


Serious and organised crime is a threat to national security. Child sexual exploitation, modern day slavery, the illegal drugs trade leave in their wake a catalogue of misery and human suffering. Meanwhile, corruption undermines public confidence in institutions and abuse of the financial sector threatens economic productivity and stability. The scale of the problem is not known precisely, but the activity of an estimated 36,000 individuals operating in some 5,300 organised crime gangs is thought to cost the UK at least £24 billion per year. In her recent speech at RUSI, the Home Secretary argued that serious and organised crime “is not a far-removed, victimless form of crime... the reality of organised crime is seedy, grubby and immoral... Its commodities are drugs to be fed to addicts, children to be abused by paedophiles and men and women who are traded as modern day slaves.”

The Serious and Organised Crime Strategy was published in 2013 and seeks to coordinate the Government’s response and bring together the collective capabilities of all relevant departments and agencies.  The Strategy lays out a set of objectives to achieve a reduction in serious and organised crime. A central plank the strategy is the relentless disruption of organised crime networks. However, there are inherent challenges in measuring the effectiveness of policies and police activity to achieve this desired outcome. Without a basis for its measurement the Government, National Crime Agency, Regional Organised Crime Units and police forces will continue to find it challenging to demonstrate success and impact.

This one-day conference aims to examine this issue, bringing together practitioners and academics  to assess the data available, the metrics currently used and how academic research may contribute and inform future policy. Through a keynote address, panel forums and group discussions, the conference aims to facilitate operationally focused dialogue on developing the evidence base to understand effective action. 

The Keynote Address will be given by Mick Creedon, Chief Constable of Derbyshire Constabulary.

Sessions covered will include:

  • The scope and scale of organised crime in the UK
  • Strategy and operational means of disrupting crime networks
  • Analytical methods available to evaluate success in disrupting organise crime
  • The potential use of modelling to predict future crime patterns
  • Data requirements for quantifying disruption


To view the programme, please click here.


This conference is free of charge for academia and the public sector only – registrations will only be accepted from or public sector email addresses. If you are private sector and wishing to attend, please email


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