The aim of the ROCUWM is to reduce the impact and increase the disruption of serious and organised crime within the region and beyond.
We target those areas of criminality we believe pose the greatest regional threats to the people and businesses of the area we cover.
Working alongside other UK law enforcement agencies and many other partners from both private and public sectors, the WMROCU will directly influence the capabilities of these groups, stifling and reducing their criminal activity.
Operation Target is major initiative to target serious and organised crime across the West Midlands region and bring offenders to justice.
Operation Target sees Staffordshire, Warwickshire, West Mercia and West Midlands police joining forces in a defiant stand against a whole range of offences – from drug dealing and human trafficking, to cyber-crime and fraud.
As well as targeting offenders who look to profit from the misery of their victims, the operation will also work towards preventing this type of activity from taking place.
The four forces will be working in unison alongside the Regional Organised Crime Unit for the West Midlands Region (ROCUWM), to utilise their skills and expertise.
Officers will be seizing goods, carrying out warrants and targeting offenders as part of Op Target’s ongoing crack-down against serious and organised crime.
The Head of ROCUWM Chief Superintendent Jenny Skyrme said: “Serious and Organised Crime affects more people and more often than any other national security threat with the impact having devastating consequences on both individuals and communities.
The launch of Operation Target is a way for all four forces within the West Midlands region to further come together with ROCU WM in a collaborative show of defiance against serious and organised crime to relentlessly disrupt and dismantle organised crime groups.
Criminals don’t abide by boundaries and therefore our work as a region best protects our communities. As well as pursuing offenders, Operation Target is also about ensuring we do everything we can to prevent people becoming victims in the first place and being exploited by criminals who think nothing about preying on people’s vulnerabilities. This includes putting activity in place to disrupt organised crime and also through education and support to stop it happening in the first place.”
Nationally, organised crime is seen as one of the greatest threats to communities because of the harmful effect it can have on everyone.
Organised crime is anything which is planned, coordinated and conducted by people working together for financial gain.
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