The 2018 Home Office Serious Crime Strategy states the NPCC definition of a County Line is a term used to describe gangs and organised criminal networks involved in exporting illegal drugs into one or more importing areas [within the UK], using dedicated mobile phone lines or other form of “deal line”. They are likely to exploit children and vulnerable adults to move [and store] the drugs and money and they will often use coercion, intimidation, violence (including sexual violence) and weapons.
Modern Slavery and Organised Immigration Crime (MSOIC) are two areas of co-ordination functions within the YHROCU with one Regional Coordinator funded through the Modern Slavery and Organised Immigration Crime Programme .
The Regional Economic Crime Unit (RECU) a multi-force and multi-agency team that uses specialist financial investigation skills, techniques and legislation to disrupt organised crime, remove criminals’ assets, protect communities and build public confidence in the criminal justice system.
A Sensitive Intelligence Unit is a secure environment able to receive, assess, analyse, enhance and disseminate covertly obtained intelligence by providing a ‘firewall’ which protects covert sources and methods, whilst allowing investigators to derive full benefit from the intelligence.
The Tackling Organised Exploitation (TOEX) Programme is an intelligence capability for UK law enforcement that moves away from a threat-specific focus towards a more holistic approach to tackling organised exploitation, including threats such as modern slavery, human trafficking, county lines, immigration crime, child sexual abuse, and exploitation, and in doing so is delivering enhanced and far-reaching outcomes.