2022/23 Organised Crime Task Force Annual Report and Threat Assessment published

Date published: 06 June 2024

Justice Minister Naomi Long has published the Organised Crime Task Force (OCTF) 2022/23 Annual Report and Threat Assessment.

Justice Minister Naomi Long pictured

Minister Long said: “The 2022/23 Organised Crime Task Force (OCTF) report highlights the efforts and successes of OCTF partners who work together to tackle organised crime in Northern Ireland.  £4.8 million of cash and assets have been seized from criminals during this reporting period and I congratulate the partner organisations for their hard work and determination to thwart those crime groups who terrorise our communities.

“These are not victimless crimes.  These crime gangs are not friends or protectors of their communities.  They are motivated primarily by greed, preying on the vulnerable and have no compunction in putting them in harm’s way for their own financial gain."

Organised Crime takes many forms including drug trafficking, modern slavery/human trafficking, cyber-crime, counterfeiting, fuel laundering, waste crime, tobacco and alcohol smuggling, fraud, money laundering and acquisitive crime.

Minister Long continued: “The OCTF and partner agencies work hard and dedicate every resource into tackling these criminals and disrupting their activities. However, they can’t do it alone, we must continue to work together to put an end to this and stop these criminals at every opportunity.  I encourage communities to not support these criminals but to report their heinous crimes.

We will continue to do everything within our power to disrupt these gangs from maintaining their lavish lifestyles and seize the proceeds of crime where possible."

The Organised Crime Task Force brings together police, customs and other law enforcement agencies, along with Government Departments, academia and the business community to combat organised crime.

Notes to editors: 

1.  The annual report and threat assessment 2022 - 2023 is available at the publication section of this website 

2.  OCTF was established in 2000 and works to reduce the harm caused by organised crime, through multi agency partnership, and to secure a safe community in Northern Ireland, where we respect the law and each other.

3. Key partners include: Department of Justice, Police Service of Northern Ireland, Public Prosecution Service, Immigration Enforcement, Border Force, National Crime Agency, Her Majesty's Revenue & Customs, An Garda Síochána, Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Unit, NI Environment Agency and Trading Standards.

4. More information about the work of the OCTF can be found on their website 

5. Media enquiries should be directed to the Department of Justice Press Office via Email

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