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United Nations: Typologies of Criminal Structures

Typologies of transnational organized criminal structures or operations are used by the United Nations (UN) to help in the UN's efforts to reduce the influence of transnational organized crime structures. The typologies provide a useful framework for collecting data and information on trends of transnational organized crime. The data and information can be collected and grouped to allow the trends to be analyzed. In addition, the typologies may be revised as necessary where new types or categories are developed. Typologies of these organizations also provide an overview of the different types and provide a useful training tool for law-enforcement personnel. Using the typologies, law enforcement can study these groups and the information on the various typologies may be transmitted to member states. In addition, the ...

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