Paul Frew DUP Assembly member for North Antrim and Justice Committee Chairperson has welcomed the latest findings from the Organised Crime Task Force .
The Organised Crime Task Force was established in 2000 . It’s mission is to help secure a safe, just and prosperous society in Northern Ireland by confronting Organised Crime through multi-agency partnerships.
It’s made up of law enforcement agencies among others the PSNI , NCA and Excise & Customs as well as the Department of Justice .
It tackles crime like Scams , Drug dealing , Armed Robbery and Extortion , Fraud & Human Trafficking.
Paul Frew stated ” People can feel safer in their homes at night when they look at the work undertaken by this group and the results that it achieved by working collaboratively.Throughout the 2015/ 16 period 28 Organised Crime gangs have been dismantled, either put behind bars or forced to move out of Northern Ireland . A further 96 criminal gangs have been frustrated or disrupted by good work by our law enforcement agencies.
- 5597 drug seizures have taken place some very substantial finds targeting the very top of supply lines .
- 366,535 litres of Fuel seized with 12 fuel laundering plants dismantled.
- 59 potential victims of human trafficking recovered and £1.6 million of criminal assets recovered .
Whilst it can be said that more needs to be done to tackle the scourge of criminal gangs and that’s something the Justice Committee quite rightly applies pressure on the Department to deliver , it is also right to acknowledge the work undertaken under great pressure and danger in apprehending these criminals.
The criminal Finances Bill currently going through Westminster at present will only strengthen the hand of the people who continue to keep us safe.”