Strengthening the fight against serious crime

James Brokenshire has welcomed new proposals to step up the fight against organised crime with the creation of a new National Crime Agency (NCA). The details were published in a new Crime and Courts Bill which will be considered by Parliament shortly.

Organised crime costs the public between £20 billion and £40 billion each year. The NCA will be responsible for tackling these crimes, which include child abuse, drug and people smuggling, illegal immigration, fraud and cyber crime. The NCA will operate as a single organisation built around four distinct ‘commands’ – Organised Crime, Border Policing, Economic Crime and the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre. The agency will also house the National Cyber Crime Unit.

The commands will be linked to the NCA’s intelligence hub to ensure information flows to and from the police and agencies to support operational activity. For the first time, a single national agency will be capable of pulling together the complete intelligence picture - and have the authority to co-ordinate and task a national response.

Subject to Parliamentary approval, the Crime and Courts Bill is expected to be granted Royal Assent by Spring 2013. The NCA will be fully operational by December 2013.

Commenting James Brokenshire said:

Organised crime is a serious problem which has not had sufficient focus up to now. From drug cartels to child trafficking rings, organised crime groups have a significant impact on communities up and down the country. The NCA will mark a step change in our response and help ensure those involved in these serious crimes are brought to justice.”