Introduction to the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit (SEROCU)

The South East Regional Organised Crime Unit (SEROCU) has responsibility to protect communities in the South East from serious organised crime. The aim of the unit is to create a cohesive regional response to serious organised crime aligned to the current South East Counter Terrorism Unit (SECTU). Delivering enhanced interoperability and resilience across the regions supporting police forces in Hampshire, Kent, Surrey, Sussex and Thames Valley, as well as national agencies and capabilities.

About SEROCU

With Thames Valley Police as the host Force, the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit (SEROCU) will bring together the current regional organised crime units under the one structure:

• Regional Investigation Unit
• Regional Asset Recovery Unit
• Regional Intelligence Unit
• Regional Protected Persons Unit
• ACPO Regional Cyber Crime Unit

There are a number of other specialist units within SEROCU dealing with specialist functions.

SEROCU is enhanced through a joint management of assets and flexibility in tasking. In particular enhancements to capability from new growth areas would be maximised.

Structure

From April 1 2014, the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit was aligned to the South East Counter Terrorism Unit with Thames Valley Police as the host Force for both functions. Laura Nicholson is the regional Assistant Chief Constable for Serious Organised Crime and Counter Terrorism.

ACC Nicholson works directly to Chief Constable Francis Habgood to exercise overall command of the regional crime and counter terrorism functions. She also represents serious organised crime both regionally and nationally with the National Crime Agency and other key stakeholders.

Government Agency Intelligence Network (GAIN)

Appropriate intelligence sharing through a partnership network with a commitment to joint problem solving. The objectives of the GAIN network are to utilise the full range of intelligence and enforcement opportunities; to contribute to intelligence and enforcement support to member agencies to assist their strategic aims; to stimulate the lawful flow of information, expertise and best practice between partner agencies and to engage in joint problem solving on specific identified problems.

The GAIN network relies upon local information sharing and problem solving but it is also dependant on national relationships.