The South West Regional Organised Crime Unit (SWROCU) is one of nine regional units across England and Wales that delivers specialist capabilities to target and disrupt serious and organised crime.
Police officers and staff seconded from the region’s five forces work alongside colleagues from UK Border Force, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), the National Crime Agency (NCA) and Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).
SWROCU provides specialist capabilities to deliver the ‘4P’ response in line with HM Government’s Serious and Organised Crime Strategy:
Pursue offenders through prosecution and disruption
Prepare for when serious and organised crime occurs and mitigate its impact
Protect individuals, organisations and systems
Prevent people from engaging in serious and organised crime
SWROCU is led by Detective Superintendent Tina Robinson
Head of the SW Police Collaboration – Detective Chief Superintendent Neil Ralph
ROCU Chief Officer – Assistant Chief Constable Craig Holden
Regional lead for serious and organised crime – Chief Constable Amanda Pearson
Our specialist capabilities
SWROCU has more than 20 capabilities offering specialist tactics and expertise in the following areas:
Services that provide cover methods of gathering intelligence and evidence.
Sensitive intelligence support and tactical advice, strategic analysis and threat assessment, plus prison intelligence and counter corruption.
Cyber threats and digital forensics
Pursuing offenders, diverting potential offenders, protecting and preparing organisations for cyber attacks, and investigating dark web markets.
Vulnerabilities, drugs and county lines
Improving the region’s response through tactical advice and support on all aspects of Pursue, Prevent, Prepare and Protect activity.
Economic crime and fraud
Investigating and disrupting complex money laundering and fraud, confiscating criminal proceeds and assets, safeguarding against fraud threats.