SEROCU celebrates successes

Throughout 2023, the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit (SEROCU) has been relentless in its mission to help keep the public safe from the harm caused by serious and organised crime.

Officers and staff have worked tirelessly to prevent people becoming victims at the hands of those criminals aiming to benefit from serious and organised crime. They have disrupted significant criminal networks and brought offenders to justice.

This year, our officers and staff have:

  • Safeguarded hundreds children from across the world
  • Seized over 100 viable firearms
  • Removed over 140kg of drugs
  • Seized more than £5.5million

As a result of this commitment and hard work, organised crime group members have been sentenced to a combined total of more than 445 years’ imprisonment.

Our Cybercrime and Cryptocurrency Unit are also in the process of reuniting the victims of cryptocurrency theft with nearly £2million of funds that were stolen.

Head of SEROCU, Detective Chief Superintendent Steve Boniface, said: “This year the unit has worked incredibly hard to protect the public from serious and organised crime, as well as securing justice for those who have unfortunately become victims of criminal activity.

“As a regional organised crime unit, we are privileged to be able to support our local South East forces and work in partnership with national agencies such as UK Border Force, the National Crime Agency and the Crown Prosecution Service.

“The public has also been important in helping us to tackle crime by reporting vital information to their local force. This helps to build a picture of what is happening in their communities that we can then act upon.

“Thank you to everyone who has supported us this year and we look forward to continuing to protect the public and tackle serious and organised crime throughout 2024.”