How will we use this strategy to achieve real change?
We will turn the objectives in this strategy into practical activities, projects and improvements that will reduce the harm caused by Serious Organised Crime.
For each of the strands of the strategy, Divert, Deter, Detect and Disrupt, we are developing detailed plans - based on the diagrams earlier in this document - setting out clear changes, projects and pilots that will help to deliver the objective of each strand and the overall aim of the strategy.
Successful implementation of those changes will involve input from thousands of individuals, hundreds of organisations and every part of Scottish society - communities, small businesses, large corporations, local authorities, NHS Boards, third sector organisations, law enforcement agencies, prisons, regulators and central government. It will also require responses to Serious Organised Crime which are tailored to the specific needs of local areas and local communities.
For some suggestions on how you can contribute, see "What can you do?"
Communication and awareness-raising
Communication and awareness-raising are essential to delivering the safer, fairer, more prosperous Scotland free from the harm caused by Serious Organised Crime which we all want to see.
Only by knowing more about how Serious Organised Crime operates will the public, businesses and public and third sector organisations be able to protect themselves and alert law enforcement agencies to Serious Organised Crime around them. By making people aware of the close links between counterfeit and smuggled goods and the misery of human trafficking and drug dealing, we can help ensure the public do not fund such activities.
The media has an important role to play in highlighting the dangers of Serious Organised Crime. We will work with them to do this. We will also use social media and will work closely with education authorities and institutions, training providers and membership bodies to communicate with particular groups, sectors and organisations. We will build trust so that individuals and communities are confident about engaging with law enforcement agencies and other public bodies and reporting concerns.
Research on Serious Organised Crime
We will continue to research Serious Organised Crime in Scotland to ensure we have a detailed, evidence-based understanding of Serious Organised Crime and that we develop effective, evidenced-based programmes to counter it. This will include research on the prevalence of Serious Organised Crime in Scotland and its impact on communities.
We will share our findings with other agencies across the UK, Europe and beyond. We will also study the impact of approaches adopted elsewhere to see if there are lessons that can be applied in Scotland.