Beverley Hughes, Deputy Mayor for Greater Manchester, and Marc Jones, Lincolnshire PCC said:
“The National Crime Agency’s report highlights the pressing need to tackle the scale of serious and organised crime across the country. These crimes have a devastating and destructive impact on people in our communities and have a significant cost to our economy.
“Any additional resource must be reflective of the fact that most serious and organised crime is dealt with at local and regional level by forces. The growing complexity of these cases are resource intensive so long-term Government investment right across policing is critical to ensure that forces across the UK can continue to tackle this threat.
“We have consistently called for a multi-year funding settlement to allow forces and the NCA to better plan and invest in a whole system approach to serious organised crime.”