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Specialist Crime Directorate

Specialist Crime Directorate (SCD)

About the Directorate

The Specialist Crime Directorate’s (SCD) 5,500 staff are involved in the capital’s most high profile and serious cases. SCD has refocused its work on the corporate objective for 2006/07 of disrupting criminal networks, seizing their assets and reducing the harm they cause. This new approach aims to understand and tackle criminal networks at all levels, from street gangs in neighbourhoods to sophisticated groups also operating nationally and internationally, in order to reduce the harm and fear they cause in communities.

A focus of this strategy is neighbourhoods and communities, therefore intelligence from community engagement, Safer Neighbourhood Teams and boroughs, is essential in both identifying those networks causing the greatest harm, and successfully disrupting them.

Led by Assistant Commissioner John Yates, the Directorate’s objectives are:

  • disrupting criminal networks, seizing their assets and reducing the harm they cause.
  • delivering the highest standards for homicide investigation and preventing homicide and other serious crimes by using disruption tactics
  • safeguarding children and young persons from physical, sexual and emotional abuse
  • developing capability of SCD to combat serious crime and criminal networks
  • coordinating covert assets
  • increasing the number of offences brought to justice as a result of forensic intervention
  • being a well managed, effective, efficient and professional directorate.

See below for more information on leadership and structure: