Government’s Organised Crime Strategy ‘Local to Global’ defines
organised crime as ‘individuals, normally working with others, with the
capability to commit serious crime on a continuing basis, which includes
elements of planning, control and coordination, and benefits those
involved. The motivation is often, but not always, financial gain’.
Organised criminals that work together for the duration of a particular
criminal activity or activities are what we call an organised crime
crime group structures vary. Successful organised crime groups often
consist of a durable core of key individuals. Around them, there’s a
cluster of subordinates, specialists, and other more transient members,
plus an extended network of associates.
groups are in practice loose networks of criminals that come together
for the duration of a criminal activity, acting in different roles
depending on their skills and expertise. Collaboration is reinforced by
shared experiences (such as prison), or recommendation from trusted
individuals. Others are bonded by family or ethnic ties – some ‘crime
families’ are precisely that.
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