Identifying, investigating and disrupting such criminality is a key priority in reducing the threat to individuals and communities across all forces and regions.

Serious and Organised Crime (SOC) represents a significant threat to the United Kingdom.

The activity of organised criminals and the commission of serious crime has an impact upon a diverse range of factors including community safety, public confidence, local, regional and national economies and enforcement agency resources. 


The Regional Organised Crime Threat Assessment team (ROCTA) will:

Provide a single regional capability that will assess, manage and understand the threat and risk from serious and organised crime. The key deliverables of the ROCTA being:

  • The comprehensive identification of the threat and risk from serious & organised crime from across police and partner agencies.
  • The implementation of a consistent process for the assessment of risk.
  • The effective management of the risk to support resource allocation.
  • An informed understanding of the contribution being made by ROCU’s to tackling serious & organised crime.

The ROCTA is designed to enhance and improve the delivery of a consistent and complete assessment of organised crime risk across agencies throughout each region.  The ROCTA will achieve this through:

  • Identify Threats – Use a single intelligence collection plan which includes partner agencies to identify groups, vulnerabilities and individuals relating to serious organised crime.  To receive trigger reports from forces and other agencies where necessary to refer matters for assessment.
  • Assess Risks – Use a standard assessment criteria, including Management of Risk in Law Enforcement (MoRiLE) and Organised Crime Group Mapping (OCGM), and to exploit data sources to objectively assess threats there by providing an understanding of levels of risk.
  • Support Tasking – To understand the SOC capacity and demands within the region so that an effective and efficient response can be provided ensuring protection is aligned with the threat, risk, harm and vulnerabilities posed. To provide richer and consistent data to support NIM tasking processes at the local, regional and national level to inform and support resource allocation.
  • Review the impact – Assess the effectiveness of our collective response to organised crime risk by using a standard framework.  Identify and share best practice that may be of benefit across policing and wider law enforcement.