Titan, the name for the North West Regional Organised Crime Unit, was established in 2009 as a collaboration between the six police forces in Cumbria, Cheshire, Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Merseyside and North Wales to tackle serious organised crime that crosses county borders in the region. The mission of the unit is simple - to tackle organised crime groups causing the greatest levels of harm to communities in the North West.
The unit is comprised of five teams working closely together and includes representatives from Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs, UK Border Agency and the National Crime Agency. Those teams are: the Regional Intelligence Unit (RIU), the Regional Crime Unit (RCU), the Regional Asset Recovery Team (RART), Regional Cyber Crime Unit (RCCU) and the Protected Persons Service Unit (PPS).
The Regional Intelligence Unit (RIU) works closely with police forces and partner agencies to understand the threat posed to the North West. Through the mapping of organised crime groups all groups are identified and prioritised for action.
The Regional Crime Unit (RCU) specialises in conducting operations against organised crime groups. Utilising a whole series of tactics it has successfully arrested more than 300 organised criminals for serious offences that have led to offenders receiving in excess of 1600 years imprisonment. They have seized millions of pounds worth of drugs, stolen property and cash as well as seizing a large number of firearms.
The Regional Asset Recovery Team (RART) specialises in seizing assets and property from criminals where it has been established that they have acquired the assets by criminal means. The unit was established in 2004 and since then has confiscated more than £40 million in criminally acquired assets.
The Regional Cyber Crime Unit (RCCU) is the latest addition to the region and was set up to tackle cyber crime and cyber attacks. The unit will specialise in tracking down those engaged in large-scale computer fraud and identity theft, as well as tackling the most serious computer hacking enquiries.
Protected Persons Service Unit state in their mission statement:
The UKPPS is committed to the protection and care of individuals who are considered by law enforcement agencies to be at risk of serious harm. Whilst we are part of UK policing we work independently of police forces in providing protection arrangements, and concentrate solely on keeping people safe and helping to bring offenders to justice.
Whilst much of our work centres on protecting those assisting in the fight against Serious and Organised Crime, we can protect a wide range of people – including the victims of Honour Based Violence.
We undertake to treat people fairly, honestly and professionally. Our staff are specialists and the safety of those in our care is our main responsibility. We operate discreetly and only with the full co-operation of those for whom we have responsibility.