New crimes – new tactics: the emergence and effectiveness of disruption in tackling serious organised crime.

Stuart Kirby, Hayley Northey, Nicki Snow


Whilst the encouragement to use disruption techniques in tackling organised crime, has emerged in government and law enforcement rhetoric, little is known about its implementation. This study examines how two UK police forces used a disruption approach to target 100 organised crime suspects. The findings show that a disruption approach offers a more dynamic and flexible approach when compared with traditional prosecution, and is popular with practitioners. However, further research is needed to understand the most effective method of delivery and the level of impact this approach can bring.


organised crime, policing, disruption

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