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Spleen Vent - General => Law Enforcement News => Topic started by: Prickle on January 04, 2018, 09:14:22 AM

Title: New NSW police squads adapt to changing patterns of crime
Post by: Prickle on January 04, 2018, 09:14:22 AM
Murderers still like knives, robbers continue to have a penchant for guns and burglars don't go anywhere without a mask and a pair of gloves.

The criminality may remain constant, but the pursuers are acutely aware that crooks are also rapidly changing the way they go about their crimes.

And they must follow.

The state's biggest band of investigators the 1000 detectives based in squads within the State Crime Command have just gone through rigorous change as senior police look to streamline operations.

The result is a reduction of 11 major crime squads to eight, including the introduction of the "super squad" to investigate all sex crimes and a specific team to battle cyber crime.

"With technological advances and globalisation, the landscape of crime has changed, and the NSW Police Force is evolving the way we target it this is about providing the community with the best services possible," State Crime Commander Assistant Commissioner Mal Lanyon said.

"The new structure builds on our previous successes, and importantly, positions the command to address future crime challenges, as demonstrated by the establishment of a dedicated Cybercrime Squad.

"I am confident the new State Crime Command will provide a more agile, coordinated, and professional approach to major criminal investigation in New South Wales."

Assistant Commissioner Lanyon has himself spent years in the command as a homicide squad detective, the head of the gang's squad and operations director before taking the top job a few months ago.

And he has overseen the abolition of the Middle Eastern Organised Crime Squad, known as MEOCS, and merged it with the Gangs Squad to create the Criminal Groups Squad.

Since the inception of MEOCS 11 years ago, and the Asian Crime Squad before that, the police have said that they focused on "the criminality not the ethnicity".

"But what we are seeing now is a real change in how these organised crime groups work," Assistant Commissioner Lanyon said.

"We now see considerable crossover between traditional groups.

"Take bikies for example. Traditionally they had a hierarchy and did not take in criminals of Middle Eastern or Asian background.

"Now, they will take anyone from any walk of life if they can add something to that criminal group."

The merging of the two sex crimes units had created a "super squad" of 280 detectives to help with a huge workload, which has been added to by increased reporting of historic child sex offences following the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

And technological advances meant cyber crime would need its own dedicated unit.

"The squad is made up of both investigators and technical experts and they will be providing assistance right across the board, from organised crime to counter terrorism," Assistant Commissioner Lanyon said.

"It will definitely allow us to continue to develop technology-related strategies."

Former Organised Crime Squad commander Detective Superintendent Scott Cook will be the new head of homicide, replacing Mick Willing who has been promoted to lead counter terrorism.

http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/new-nsw-police-squads-adapt-to-changing-patterns-of-crime-20171201-gzxbty.html