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Organised and Financial Crime (From Handbook of Policing, P 444-466, 2003, Tim Newburn, ed. -- See NCJ-203671)

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Michael Levi
Date Published
23 pages
In the course of discussing the overlapping crime categories of organized crime and white-collar crime, this chapter explores the similarities and differences in styles of policing for different forms of serious crime and the groups and networks that commit them, with attention to policing practices in Great Britain.
A description of Great Britain's organization for addressing organized crime is described, with attention to the work of the National Crime Squad (NCS) -- which is responsible for dismantling or disrupting of criminal enterprises engaged in Class A drug trafficking, organized immigration crime, and other activities according to priorities -- and the National Criminal Intelligence Service, which collects and analyzing intelligence on organized crime. Another section of the chapter discusses the control of organized crime internationally. The discussion of the policing of white-collar crime focuses on police policy toward fraud in the United Kingdom. Also discussed are the development of fraud investigations, cooperation among fraud squads of different police agencies, and prosecution and its relationship to the policing of fraud. A section on the regulatory, disruption, and noncriminal justice approaches to serious crime control addresses the regulation and control of fraud, the regulation and prevention of organized crime, and the prevention of organized and financial crime. The author notes that the problem of fraud and official responses to it lack the rhetoric of "evil" associated with organized crime, although some large aggregate frauds against the Treasury (evasion of excise duty on alcohol and tobacco) are included in the category of the most serious organized crime threats facing the United Kingdom, according to the assessment of the National Criminal Intelligence Service. 1 table, 10 notes, and 55 references


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