Drawing on a research project on criminal and immigration law enforcement in the West Midlands, this project evaluates the regional joint enforcement operation between the West Midlands Police (WMP) and the Home Office’s Immigration Compliance and Enforcement (ICE) team with the aim of influencing processes and practices, and shape the public debate on this aspect of policing at the regional level. This is the first academic evaluation of Operation Nexus. Nexus is an enforcement initiative which was first rolled out in London in 2012 by the Metropolitan Police, and has now been expanded nationwide. Nexus aims to bring together operational and intelligence capabilities and resources in the police and immigration services to deal effectively with offending by foreigners, reduce costs involved in pursuing them through the criminal justice system, and enhance public security. This project will analyse the extent to which Operation Nexus is achieving its aims and provide recommendations on how the operation might be improved.
The evaluation will gather data through a range of methods: