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Focus on serious and organised crime as police experts converge in Nottingham

Leading figures in the investigation of serious and organised crime will gather in Nottingham next week for a high-profile knowledge-sharing conference.

The event, which takes place on Monday (9 November), has been organised by Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping and will see police and intelligence experts from across the UK as well as charity leaders discuss how agencies can better coordinate their work to tackle serious public safety risks including human trafficking, cybercrime, child sexual exploitation and guns and drugs. 

Among the guest speakers will be Ian Caplan, head of organised crime for the Home Office, who will deliver a presentation on the Government’s Serious and Organised Crime Strategy, and Mark Norris from the Local Government Association who will present the local government perspective.

They will be joined by East Midlands Special Operations Unit Deputy Chief Constable Peter Goodman, Det Supt Simon Firth and DC Steve Cotter among other guests who will present case studies and provide an insight into covert operations held to tackle issues such as child sexual exploitation and modern slavery.

The PCC’s ‘Working in Partnership to Tackle Serious and Organised Crime Conference’, which is being held at the ICCA (Indian Community Centre Association) in Carrington, will allow local and regional stakeholders to discuss the current approach to serious and organised crime, the challenges and how they can be more effective.

The findings will be fed into Nottinghamshire’s Local Profile for Serious and Organised Crime – a document which assesses the threat, vulnerability and risk of this type of crime and incorporates a multiagency action plan to reduce the impact upon individuals, businesses and communities.

Commenting on the event, Commissioner Tipping said: “Criminality is changing and modern police forces find themselves up against unprecedented levels of sophistication in the way professional gangs exploit vulnerable people for gain.

“Strong partnerships are essential to strengthening our protection and resilience against these threats, particularly in light of the challenging financial climate, and this conference is just one way we aim to expand our knowledge about how best to disrupt this dangerous activity to protect people, businesses and communities.”

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Posted on Monday 2nd November 2015
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