Organised crime in rural areas – Analysis

Invitation to Quote

The National Rural Crime Network (NRCN) has long been concerned about the individual and cumulative impact of serious, organised and travelling criminality in rural communities. The 2018 National Rural Crime Survey demonstrates that the public also believe this is a significant problem. The NRCN commissioned research to look at the prevalence and impact of organised crime in rural areas, which ran from December 2019 to April 2020 and a draft report was prepared.

However, the researchers hit certain barriers particularly in accessing the necessary police data. Working with the National Police Chiefs’ Council lead for rural crime, this data was sought from Regional Organised Crime Units. It became clear, however, that ROCUs were not collecting or recording data in a way that would identify organised crime in rural areas. Unfortunately, this data was received too late during the research for alternative sources to be found.

Since then, in discussing the draft report with Network members, partners and police, the NRCN have found alternative sources of information, particularly in partnership with the national serious and organised acquisitive crime policing operation, Operation Opal, the National Wildlife Crime Unit, Trading Standards, the Joint Unit for Waste Crime and Crimestoppers.

The NRCN are therefore seeking a partner to undertake a short project to further analyse data from these sources and to work with the NRCN to update and finalise the research report. The NRCN have a budget of up to £25,000 available to complete the project by the end of May 2021.

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The closing date for proposals is 23:59, Sunday 14 March. Proposals should be submitted to Proposals will be considered and the contract will be awarded by Wednesday 17 March 2021.