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Praxis and the disruption of organized crime groups

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>06/2016
<mark>Journal</mark>Trends in Organized Crime
Issue number2
Number of pages14
Pages (from-to)111-124
Publication StatusPublished
Early online date8/03/16
<mark>Original language</mark>English


Although reports state the frequency of general crime has fallen across the developed world, no such trend is evident within organised crime. This has caused law enforcement agencies to search for more innovative approaches to tackle this global problem. Emerging prominently within this period has been a ‘disruption’ approach, albeit little systematic research currently supports its use. This study explores the way one English Police Force has tackled 15 Organised Crime Groups (99 individuals), using this type of approach. The study specifically examines the characteristics of the offender, the tactics used, and the re-offending levels following the police activity. It concludes by highlighting: the methodological challenges associated with the measurement of organised crime disruption; the ethical questions surrounding this type of intervention; and the overall effectiveness of the approach.

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Author no longer at Lancaster