EMSOU is one of the largest collaborative units in the country. They deliver specialist capabilities on behalf of the five East Midlands police forces: Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire and Nottinghamshire. Led by a regional Deputy Chief Constable, the unit’s expertise lies in six areas:
Carry out crime scene investigation, and the subsequent range of forensic analysis and evidence handling as part of the investigation process.
Support the forces in relation to employment law, court and discipline, inquests and inquiries, civil litigation, commercial law, and conveyancing.
Investigate cases of suspicious death, including murder and manslaughter inquiries, as well as serious and complex crime.
Focus on intelligence gathering and the disruption and investigation of serious and organised criminals. Their services include covert tactics, digital forensics, and criminal finance and asset recovery in support of investigations into people, drugs and firearms trafficking, cyber crime, fraud and money laundering, as well as prison corruption. Specifically, the ROCU team coordinates the region's response to modern slavery and human trafficking, and 'county lines' activity.
Undertake independent reviews of serious and major crime inquiries, where appropriate, as well as seeking to find new investigative opportunities in undetected 'cold' cases.
Tackle the threat posed to the East Midlands by terrorism and domestic extremism through:
Intelligence gathering and investigation
Monitoring of ports and borders
Providing security advice for national infrastructure, hazardous sites and crowded places
Preventing vulnerable people from being radicalised