New report on use of Intelligence in Serious Organised Crime

EMPAC is pleased to publish the latest in a series of interim update reports about serious organised crime (SOC).

This latest report – on the police use of intelligence – is the fourth in the series so far. The report highlights key insights including the need to enable strategic intelligence with more proactivity and less parameters.

Read the report here:- EMPAC SOC INTELLIGENCE Progress Report

The interim research report series identify some key emergent themes that have arisen from co-produced research scoping activity between policing professionals and academics. Each report offers insights for immediate attention and exploration and signposts future more intensive research enquiry opportunities.

You can access all the previous reports here: –

The co-production research workstream on SOC is led, operationally, by T/Deputy Chief Constable Paul Gibson (East Midlands Special Operations Unit) and, academically, by Professor Dave Walsh (De Montfort University). Paul takes over from Chris Haward who has now taken up the post of Chief Constable at Lincolnshire Police. EMPAC thanks Chris for his great work on initiating and driving SOC research in the region and wishes him luck in his new role.

Priorities for policing in the East Midlands

The East Midlands have identified six key aspects that are of particular relevant to the region –

  • understanding international links;
  • understanding digital technologies;
  • understanding OCG business models; 
  • protection from OCGs;
  • what works;
  • developing a more agile law enforcement mindset.

The strategic intention is to jointly bid as academic researchers, and policing professionals, for external research funding in 2021 / 2022.

Join us!

SOC is a huge national threat for all of us and it’s important we work together on finding the best research evidence and innovations to protect the public now and for the future.

If you feel you have some expertise or insight to contribute to this ongoing and vitally important collaborative enterprise, hosted on behalf of the region, at De Montfort University, Leicester, then get in touch with Professor Walsh at: –

Further reading

For those of you who are interested, here is a link to a recently published review (February 2021) about the effectiveness of Regional Organised Crime Units, by HMICFRS:-


Plus, a recent (February 2021) NPCC Intelligence Practice Research Consortium Group guide to supporting research about intelligence in law enforcement contexts, which can be accessed here:-

Finally, a recent (February 2021) independent review of Serious Organised Crime by Sir Craig Mackie to the UK Security Minister:-


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