Serious and organised crime has an impact at all levels within Northern Ireland, causing significant economic and societal harm. This type of criminality is planned, co-ordinated, targets the most vulnerable and is frequently motivated by financial gain.
The Police Service of Northern Ireland leads on investigations into Serious and Organised Crime, working in partnership with a number of other departments and agencies. The Police Service Serious and Organised Crime Strategy sets out our ambition and approach to tackling Serious and Organised Crime.
Within the Police Service, detectives within the Organised Crime Branch lead on pro-active investigations into high harm Organised Crime Gangs (OCG’s). The Organised Crime Branch consist of Organised Crime Units, the Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Unit, the Paramilitary Crime Task Force and the Economic Crime Unit. These Units are based throughout Northern Ireland with the overarching aim to protect individuals, communities and businesses in Northern Ireland from serious and organised crime.
More information on the Executive programme for tackling paramilitary activity and organised crime can be accessed on the Department of Justice website.
In addition to the Paramilitary Crime Task Force, Organised Crime Branch operate as a partner in the Organised Crime Task Force and the Joint Agency Task Force. Through these partnerships the Police Service work to detect offenders and strive to protect the most vulnerable in society by frustrating, disrupting and dismantling groups involved in criminal activity. This collaboration is key to the successful targeting and disruption of organised criminality within Northern Ireland. Information on the Organised Crime Task Force can be accessed on the Organised Crime Task Force (OCTF) website.
Our most valued partner is the public we serve, if you have information on issues causing harm to your community, we encourage you to report this by calling 101. Alternatively contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.