The South West Regional Organised Crime Unit (SW ROCU) 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).
SW ROCU 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
The unit is led by Detective Superintendent Tina Robinson
ROCU Chief Officer – Assistant Chief Constable Jon Reilly
Regional lead for serious and organised crime – Chief Constable James Vaughan
Our specialist capabilities
The Operations Teams are multi skilled and follow cases through from intelligence development and operational activity to enforcement and court. They also provide an immediate response to urgent requests from forces and law enforcement partners across the country.
South West Criminal Finance Team
The Criminal Finance Team conducts money laundering and fraud investigations, obtains financial intelligence and evidence, and enforces confiscation orders to recover cash and assets from convicted criminals. The team uses Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) powers to revisit unpaid confiscation orders, relentlessly pursuing those who avoid payment or try to conceal their assets.
The team includes a Regional Fraud Development Officer.
Regional Cyber Crime Unit
The unit leads their own proactive and reactive investigations into cyber dependent crimes, helps organisations of all sizes and across all sectors become more cyber resilient, delivers desktop exercises to test an organisation’s preparedness in the event of a cyber incident and diverts young people away from engaging in cyber crime.
Sensitive Intelligence Unit
The Sensitive Intelligence Unit is part of a national infrastructure that works to build a cross-border, comprehensive intelligence picture so that tactical support can be offered to organised crime investigations and crimes in action.
Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation Online Investigations
A specialist team targeting offenders grooming children online, sharing indecent images of children online, and arranging to meet with other adults online in order to abuse children. As well as bringing offenders to justice, the team works with regional forces and partner agencies to ensure children are safeguarded and protected.
Regional coordinators – Child Sexual Exploitation & Abuse; Modern Slavery, Human Trafficking and Organised Immigration Crime; County Lines
We have specialist police coordinators, supported by dedicated subject analysts, who work closely with the region’s forces and partners to strengthen the South West response to Child Sexual Exploitation and Abuse; Modern Slavery, Human Trafficking and Organised Immigration Crime; and County Lines drug dealing.
Regional Disruption Team & Government Agency Intelligence Network (GAIN)
With access to more than 20 different agencies’ information via GAIN and in-depth knowledge of innovative and often underused tactics and legislation, the Disruption Team supports regional forces and partner agencies to target and disrupt offenders.
Regional Technical Surveillance Unit (RTSU)
Support local, force and regional investigations into all levels of crime. Core business includes asset tracking, bait and capture vehicles, and specialist support for crimes in action.
Regional Prison Intelligence Unit (RPIU)
The team works to identify, assess and manage threats from within the region’s prisons to target and disrupt criminals who continue to commit crime from inside.
The SW ROCU also has a number of covert specialist units working to target serious and organised crime.