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Serious organised crime

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Serious and organised crime poses a risk to our national security costing the UK more than £24 billion a year and threatens individuals and communities.

Types of organised crime

Organised crime takes many forms and includes:

  • drug trafficking
  • human trafficking
  • illegal immigration
  • fraud and financial crime
  • counterfeiting and illegal supply
  • organised acquisitive crime
  • cybercrime and child sexual exploitation

Organised crime groups

There are identified organised crime groups operating within Lancashire, with further organised crime groups living outside our county. Our borders with the metropolitan forces of Greater Manchester and Merseyside mean that travelling criminals pose a threat, particularly those of an organised nature.

Tackling organised crime

  • Pursue - prosecuting and disrupting serious and organised crime - Reduce threat - reduce level of serious and organised crime
  • Prevent - preventing people from engaging in serious and organised crime
  • Protect - increasing protection against serious and organised crime - reduce vulnerability
  • Prepare - reducing the impact of serious and organised crime - reduce vulnerability


Lancashire Constabulary - Operation Genga is the Constabulary's and partner agencies' approach to tackling serious and organised crime across Lancashire. Operation Genga sees many agencies working together to share information, disrupt activity and prosecute offenders to reduce the threat and harm from serious and organised crime to communities in Lancashire.

The National Crime Agency (NCA) responds to a broad range of threats from serious and organised crime, many of which also remain a responsibility for police forces and other agencies. 

Where crime is particularly complex or impractical for a single force or agency to tackle, the NCA will use its influence and specialist capabilities and the NCA's partnerships go beyond law enforcement. 

The NCA works with private industry, local and national government and other public sector organisations, the charity and voluntary sectors, think tanks and academia amongst others, sharing skills, information, expertise and technology to deliver the best response to opportunities and threats.

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