I am delighted to have been invited to launch the Strategic Hub for Organised Crime Research website.
Serious and organised crime includes child sexual exploitation and abuse, cybercrime, economic crime, firearms, organised immigration crime, human trafficking, drugs, money laundering and organised acquisitive crime.
It has a far-reaching and destructive impact on our communities, our public services and our economy. In 2013, it was estimated that the social and economic cost of serious and organised crime was at least £24 billion a year.
My role as Director General of the National Crime Agency (NCA) is, first and foremost, about protecting the public. The NCA will focus on relentlessly pursuing criminals who cause this country damage. But to do this we must have the best possible intelligence picture to better understand the threats to the UK from serious and organised crime. This is absolutely necessary to enable us to flex our response against these threats and to build our national capabilities to tackle them as they continue to evolve in the future.
However we cannot do this alone. We work with a range of partners across law enforcement, security agencies, government departments, industry and academia to ensure that the risk the UK faces can be understood and tackled through a truly joined-up intelligence picture and response.
The RUSI research website offers a fantastic opportunity to align the policy maker, practitioner, research councils and academic talent to support the commission and delivery of high quality research, so that it can deliver maximum practical impact on the UK’s fight to cut serious and organised crime. It aims to be a platform with international outreach to develop effective networking between academics, stakeholders and practitioners in order to inform the direction of future research and share recently published studies and initiatives in the field of organised crime. I believe it will help promote the mutual understanding which is essential to ensuring that necessary research is undertaken and that the knowledge it builds is effectively applied and exploited.
I therefore am delighted to launch this research website which will play such a vital role in helping develop a better understanding of the threats from serious and organised crime.
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