How will we know if we are succeeding?
We will measure and report on progress in achieving the aim and objectives of the strategy. We will do this using a combination of evaluation and self-assessment, narrative (including case studies) and statistical indicators. We propose to answer the following questions:
Are we diverting people from becoming involved in Serious Organised Crime and using its products?
To do this, we will use surveys to understand public attitudes to the products of Serious Organised Crime (counterfeit goods and drugs) and changes in those attitudes over time. We will draw on data on recreational and problem drug use in Scotland. We will evaluate the effectiveness of diversionary interventions in schools, communities and prisons.
Are we deterring Serious Organised Crime Groups by supporting private, public and third sector organisations to protect themselves and each other?
We will use surveys to measure awareness of Serious Organised Crime in different sectors. We will measure and report on activity by organisations and businesses to protect themselves from Serious Organised Crime. We will share examples of evidenced good practice in preventing Serious Organised Crime Groups from accessing licences or contracts.
Are we identifying, detecting and prosecuting those involved in Serious Organised Crime?
We will measure and report on the arrest, conviction and imprisonment of Serious Organised Criminals. We will measure and report on the number of people charged and convicted under Sections 28 to 31 of the Criminal Justice and Licensing (Scotland) Act 2010. We will measure and report on the number of detections for drugs supply, production and cultivation in line with the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971. We will look to evaluate and report on the effectiveness of multi-agency collaboration.
Are we disrupting Serious Organised Crime Groups?
We will continue to measure the value of assets recovered using Proceeds of Crime legislation, the value of assets identified by law enforcement agencies for restraint, the value of cash seizures and the value of drugs and counterfeit goods seized. We will share examples of evidenced good practice including where regulators have succeeded in disrupting Serious Organised Crime Groups. Once introduced, we will measure and report on the use of Serious Crime Prevention Orders.
Are we reducing the harm caused by Serious Organised Crime?
We will use the data and reports referred to above. We will conduct research on the prevalence and nature of Serious Organised Crime in Scotland and levels of victimisation and will then measure and report on changes in these things over time. We will conduct research on the impact on communities of Serious Organised Crime.
How will you know if we are succeeding?
We will publish annual reports on progress in delivering this strategy and achieving our aim of reducing the harm caused by Serious Organised Crime, starting in autumn 2016. We will publish additional research and data as they become available.