Odyssey is one of nine Regional Organised Crime Units providing specialist capability to the four Forces of Yorkshire and the Humber to tackle the increasingly complex threat posed by organised crime.
Specialist areas of work include: cyber investigation, digital forensic examination, financial investigation and specialist intelligence resources alongside traditional detective work tackling serious drug trafficking and firearms offences across Force boundaries.
The specialist areas of work cannot be replicated within individual Forces because levels of confidentiality and costs would be prohibitive, so the four Police and Crime Commissioners and Chief Constables have invested in Odyssey under the lead Force control of West Yorkshire Police.
Odyssey is funded by the Home Office and forms part of the strategic policing requirement set for all police forces in respect of serious organised crime.
Odyssey works seamlessly with national law enforcement agencies such as the National Crime Agency, Her Majesty’s Revenue and Custom’s, Crown Prosecution Service, Her Majesty’s Court and Tribunal Service, UK Visas and Immigration, Counter Terrorism Unit’s and Her Majesty’s Prison Service as well as international law enforcement partners such as Federal Bureau of Investigation, Europol and broader European Law Enforcement.
“To identify and effectively assess risk and appropriately tackle serious and organised crime that threatens the communities of Yorkshire and the Humber;
Specifically, improving our understanding of and response to emerging threats including CSE, Drugs, Firearms, Cyber Criminality, Human Trafficking, Modern Day Slavery, Serious Acquisitive Crime and Fraud; and in doing so, contribute to the collective effort to reduce harm to our communities and to make the public feel safer.”
There are several distinct units working within Odyssey including:
- Regional Organised Crime Unit (ROCU)
- Regional Intelligence Unit (RIU)
- Regional Cyber Crime Unit (RCCU)
- Regional Protected Persons Unit (RPPU)
- North East Region Asset Recovery Team (NE RART)
- Government Agency Intelligence Network (GAIN)