Working together to benefit communities

In its efforts to reduce the harm caused to our communities by serious organised crime, Tayside Police is seeking to have greater scrutiny of public and private business and enhance its information sharing with local authorities and other agencies.

The experience of law enforcement agencies across the UK is that criminals can use seemingly legitimate business as a front for illegal activity such as drug dealing or money laundering.

Tayside Police wants to make life as difficult as possible for such criminals seeking to gain a foothold in the region by ensuring that there is absolute clarity concerning companies or businesses when they are seeking registration, licensing, certification to operate, or are subject to inspection.

‘Letting Our Communities Flourish’ is a national strategy for tackling serious organised crime in Scotland launched in 2009 with the intent to ‘divert, ‘disrupt’, ‘deter’ and ‘detect’.

It is a multi-agency strategy supported by the Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland, Scottish Government, the Scottish Crime and Drug Enforcement Agency, the Scottish Prison Service, the Serious Organised Crime Agency, HM Revenue and Customs and the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives, as well as working closely with other public bodies such as the Department of Work and Pensions, SEPA and the NHS.

Tayside Police’s efforts to push the boundaries of information sharing with local authorities and licensing boards and committees in particular address the objectives and will ensure that decisions are better informed than ever.

Detective Inspector Callum Leith, Crime Intelligence Division, said: “Information is the lifeblood of what we do in respect of serious organised crime. Sharing information is vital in our efforts to turn our communities into hostile environments for criminals and better, safer places to live for everyone else.

Anyone who has information or concerns, or who has any suspicions about certain goings on, or individuals in their area should call Tayside Police on 0300 111 2222, or speak to their local officer.

Alternatively information can be passed anonymously via the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.