Developing Police Capabilities & Tackling Serious Organised Crime

Never have we needed more to work with partners, both in and outside of policing, to join up services and to tackle the rise of serious and organised crime (SOC), which operates transnationally and internationally. The APCC works with PCCs to develop  new delivery and capability models for policing that can improve our response to these new and evolving forms of criminality – including mobilising the Forensics Capability Network (FCN) and contributing to the development of a new funding and delivery model for the National Police Air Service (NPAS).

Our priorities for developing police capabilities and tackling SOC are:

  • To play a full and active role in tackling SOC, helping to join up systems and services locally, regionally, and nationally and developing our ROCUs to ensure they are supported and equipped to deliver effectively on behalf of the public.
  • To provide leadership and governance to support the development of specialist capability networks to deliver more efficient and agile policing services to the public, including the Transforming Forensics

The APCC Modern Slavery work sits jointly between the SOC and Victims Portfolios and works to ensure that PCCs are engaged on both a local and national level to prevent the most vulnerable from exploitation and trafficking.

Our priorities are:

  • To bring PCCs and other key strategic stakeholders together to work to improve how we combat human trafficking and modern slavery in all its forms.
  • Support PCCs to commission victim focused modern slavery services in their areas, drawing on known best practice.
  • To give PCCs a voice on a national level to influence policy and legislation in this area - being both an effective voice for Modern Slavery Victims and a key supporting in the work to establish a consistent national strategy.

Latest News

Joint APCC leads have responded to a new Government Strategy to tackle Serious and Organised Crime

The Government has launched a new Serious Organised Crime Strategy to reflect the current threats and its priorities for reducing crime.

APCC comment on County Lines Intensification Week 9th to 15th October

Commenting a week which saw multiple seizures of drugs, firearms, bladed weapons and cash as well as the referral of a number of vulnerable people, including children, to safeguarding services.

Fraud Strategy must recognise profound impact on victims

National Fraud Lead responds to publication of Government's Fraud Strategy.

BLOG: “Serious and organised crime harms us all”

Newly appointed Joint APCC Lead for Serious and Organised Crime Kate Green discusses importance of multi-agency approach.

Changes to national forensic contracts

Joint review sees changes to the way police manage forensic science contracts.

Review into drug driving samples concluded

APCC Forensics Lead responds to review into drug driving samples.


The APCC’s work on specialist capabilities and serious organised crime is developed through four policy portfolios:

Serious Organised Crime

Leading our work to tackle serious organised crime, including supporting the delivery of the SOC strategy and support for Regional Organised Crime Units (ROCU)

Joint Leads: 

Alison Hernandez, PCC Devon & Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly 

Kate Green, Deputy Mayor, Greater Manchester Combined Authority

APCC Contact: Alex Campbell, Senior Policy Manager 


Fraud & Cyber-Crime

Leading our work to tackle online crime, harassment and fraud, hacking and economic crime and identity theft. 

Lead: TBC

Deputy Lead: James Thomson, City of London

Deputy Lead: Andy Dunbobbin, PCC North Wales

APCC Contact: Alex Campbell, Senior Policy Manager 


Leading our work on the Transforming Forensics programme including delivering a national Forensics Capability Network.

Lead: Darryl Preston, PCC Cambridgeshire

APCC Contact: Alex Campbell, Senior Policy Manager 

International & Strategic Policing

Leading our work on international and cross-border policing, working with the Independent Crime Co-ordination Centre.

Lead: TBC


Mark Shelford, APCC Lead for Economic & Cyber Crime and PCC for Avon & Somerset

Mark was part of an excellent panel discussion on 'Fighting Fraud' on Day Two of the Summit.

Donna Jones, APCC Joint Lead for Serious Organised Crime

An update on the APCC Serious Organised Crime portfolio from Donna Jones.

James Thomson, APCC Deputy Lead for Economic & Cyber Crime (including fraud)

James Thomson is the APCC Deputy Lead for Economic & Cyber Crime and Chair of the City of London Police Authority Board.

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