Organised crime, as portrayed in TV shows such as The Sopranos or films such as Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels, is often shown as a glamorous, exciting business inhabited by old-style crooks or good-natured gangsters.
The reality is very different. Organised Crime impacts all levels of society and has the ability to corrupt at all levels of society - lawyers, accountants, bankers – it manipulates new and exciting IT technologies, exploits the most vulnerable in society whilst creating victims out of its promises of a better life.
Whilst the PSNI lead the investigations into Organised Crime it does so in collaboration with the Organised Crime Task Force (OCTF) and the National Crime Agency (NCA).
The mission of the Organised Crime Task Force is to help secure a safe, just and prosperous society in Northern Ireland by confronting organised crime through a multi-agency partnership between central and NI Government Departments, law enforcement, the Policing Board, the business community and the community at large.
Organised crime can take many forms, to find out more about some of the types of organised crime, please click the links below:
- Human Trafficking
- Cyber Crime
- Drug Importation and Supply
- Firearms Related Offences
- Money Laundering, Fraud and Associated Financial Offences