Developing Police Capabilities & Tackling Serious Organised Crime

Never have we needed more to work with partners, both in and outside of policing, to join up services and to tackle the rise of serious and organised crime (SOC), which operates transnationally and internationally. The APCC works with PCCs to develop  new delivery and capability models for policing that can improve our response to these new and evolving forms of criminality – including mobilising the Forensics Capability Network (FCN) and contributing to the development of a new funding and delivery model for the National Police Air Service (NPAS).

Our priorities for developing police capabilities and tackling SOC are:

  • To play a full and active role in tackling SOC, helping to join up systems and services locally, regionally, and nationally and developing our ROCUs to ensure they are supported and equipped to deliver effectively on behalf of the public.
  • To provide leadership and governance to support the development of specialist capability networks to deliver more efficient and agile policing services to the public, including the Transforming Forensics

The APCC Modern Slavery work sits jointly between the SOC and Victims Portfolios and works to ensure that PCCs are engaged on both a local and national level to prevent the most vulnerable from exploitation and trafficking.

Our priorities are:

  • To bring PCCs and other key strategic stakeholders together to work to improve how we combat human trafficking and modern slavery in all its forms.
  • Support PCCs to commission victim focused modern slavery services in their areas, drawing on known best practice.
  • To give PCCs a voice on a national level to influence policy and legislation in this area - being both an effective voice for Modern Slavery Victims and a key supporting in the work to establish a consistent national strategy.

Latest News

Fraud Strategy must recognise profound impact on victims

National Fraud Lead responds to publication of Government's Fraud Strategy.

BLOG: “Serious and organised crime harms us all”

Newly appointed Joint APCC Lead for Serious and Organised Crime Kate Green discusses importance of multi-agency approach.

Changes to national forensic contracts

Joint review sees changes to the way police manage forensic science contracts.

Review into drug driving samples concluded

APCC Forensics Lead responds to review into drug driving samples.

Measures to clamp down on organised crime welcomed

Serious and Organised Crime Lead welcomes raft of new measures to clamp down on organised crime.

PCCs and Parliamentarians warned of the dangers of illegal money lending in the lead up to Christmas

Fuel and food are amongst the most common reasons why people are borrowing from illegal money lenders.


The APCC’s work on specialist capabilities and serious organised crime is developed through four policy portfolios:

SOC & Specialist Capabilities

Leading our work to tackle serious organised crime, including supporting the delivery of the SOC strategy and support for Regional Organised Crime Units (ROCU)

Lead: Donna Jones, PCC for Hampshire


Fraud & Cyber-Crime

Leading our work to tackle online crime, harassment and fraud, hacking and economic crime and identity theft. 

Lead: Mark Shelford, PCC Avon and Somerset

Deputy Lead: James Thomson, City of London

Deputy Lead: Andy Dunbobbin, PCC North Wales


Leading our work on the Transforming Forensics programme including delivering a national Forensics Capability Network.

Lead: Darryl Preston, PCC Cambridgeshire


International & Strategic Policing

Leading our work on international and cross-border policing, working with the Independent Crime Co-ordination Centre.

Lead: Peter McCall, PCC Cumbria

Modern Slavery

The APCC has formed links with the Modern Slavery Network to protect vulnerable people from exploitation and harm.

Joint Lead: Jeff Cuthbert, PCC Gwent

Joint Lead: Rupert Matthews, PCC Leicestershire


Mark Shelford, APCC Lead for Economic & Cyber Crime and PCC for Avon & Somerset

Mark was part of an excellent panel discussion on 'Fighting Fraud' on Day Two of the Summit.

Donna Jones, APCC Joint Lead for Serious Organised Crime

An update on the APCC Serious Organised Crime portfolio from Donna Jones.

James Thomson, APCC Deputy Lead for Economic & Cyber Crime (including fraud)

James Thomson is the APCC Deputy Lead for Economic & Cyber Crime and Chair of the City of London Police Authority Board.


Alex Campbell - Senior Policy Manager

Alex leads on Serious Organised Crime and Specialist Capabilities, Forensics and Cyber & Fraud and the Serious Violence Portfolio.


Will Pryce - Policy Manager

Will leads on Local Policing, Business & Retail Crime and Road Safety. 


Libby Avery - Policy Officer

Leads on Serious Violence, Performance and Modern Slavery. 


Resources and Publications

vrus-in-focus-final.pdf, 5.82Mb
tf-fcn-explainer-for-apcc-final.pdf, 0.30Mb

The Forensics Capability Network was launched in April 2020 to deliver a permanent network of forces and partners implementing and managing forensics services and solutions. 

tf-fcn-explainer-for-apcc-final.pptx, 1.48Mb

The Forensics Capability Network was launched in April 2020 to deliver a permanent network of forces and partners implementing and managing forensics services and solutions.