In the 2013 serious and organised crime strategy we recognise that we cannot tackle serious and organised crime through disruption and prosecution only. We also need to stop people from being drawn into or remaining involved in serious and organised crime. This is the aim of Prevent.
Tackling serious and organised crime is not a matter just for national and regional policing. An effective response also depends on strong and effective local relationships and information sharing between law enforcement agencies, government departments, regulators, local authorities, the voluntary sector and the private sector. This guidance aims to support frontline partners to understand pathways into serious and organised crime and put in place interventions for at-risk individuals.
Early identification, followed by mitigating action, can prevent some individuals from being drawn into serious and organised crime, and deter reoffending. We want partners to work together to make the best possible use of existing programmes and develop new approaches.
The Home Office has also recently published Serious and Organised Crime Local Profiles: a guide.