National Crime Agency
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- National Crime Agency
- Structure: http://www.nationalcrimeagency.gov.uk/about-us/how-we-are-run
- Donald Toon, director of economic and cyber-crime
The NCA is subject to rigorous external and independent scrutiny including by:
- Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary on efficiency and effectiveness, working with other inspection bodies as appropriate
- The Independent Police Complaints Commission for activity undertaken in England and Wales and the Police Investigations Review Commissioner for Scotland
- The Office of Surveillance Commissioners, which provides oversight of the use of covert surveillance and covert human intelligence sources
- The Interception of Communications Commissioner, who provides oversight of the use of interception powers and the acquisition of communications data
- The Investigatory Powers Tribunal which can investigate complaints from the public about the use of intrusive powers
- The NCA is also subject to scrutiny by Parliament, primarily by the Home Affairs Committee, the Public Accounts Committee and by the Scottish Parliament.
- The National Crime Officers Association (NCOA) is a bespoke Trade Union which has been formed to focus on the needs of its members of the National Crime Agency (NCA). Its aims and objectives are managed by its National Executive Committee (NEC). https://www.ncoa.org.uk/about-us/
- Dec.27.2018: Police struggle to stop flood of firearms into UK. Chief constable Andy Cooke warns smuggled supply of guns has increased in the past year and will continue to do so in 2019. The situation is so serious that the National Crime Agency has taken the rare step of using its legal powers to direct every single police force to step up the fight against illegal guns. Another senior law enforcement official said that “new and clean” weapons were now being used in the majority of shootings, as opposed to guns once being so difficult to obtain that they would be “rented out” to be used in multiple crimes. More are coming in from eastern Europe and the western Balkans and also component pieces are being smuggled in via the fast parcel system. A factor was a reduction in police proactive work because of govt budget cuts leading to big falls in officer numbers. Vikram Dodd, The Guardian.
- Jun.03.2018: National Crime Agency ‘dirty money’ probe targets Russian oligarchs. Russian oligarchs and multimillionaires are among 130 people who face having their assets frozen in a crackdown by British authorities on dirty money. “Corrupt elites and their illicit wealth” are being investigated by the National Crime Agency (NCA) under new powers known as Unexplained Wealth Orders. Introduced in January, the orders force those suspected of serious crime to explain the origin of their assets, including properties worth more than £50,000. The UK action follows a list of Russian oligarchs and companies sanctioned by the US Treasury in April because of alleged corruption and links to the Putin regime. Among those affected was the aluminium tycoon Oleg Deripaska, who is worth more than £2.6bn and whose company, En+ Group, is listed on the London Stock Exchange. Richard Kerbaj, Tim Shipman, The Sunday Times.
- Nov.20.2017: Who will catch the medium fish in foreign bribery cases? The remit of the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), with its blue-chip targets and multi-million pound investigations, has always been to tackle the big fish – the high-end fraud and corruption cases. The under-resourced SFO is simply unable to take on the middle to low tier stuff, posing the question: who is responsible for going after mid-range foreign bribery? It is now up to the NCA’s ICU to fill the gap left by the demise of the OACU. The ICU was set up just under two-and-half years ago, combining the remits of the NCA’s Kleptocracy Unit and Sanctions Unit and as well as the OACU, and the Metropolitan Police Proceeds of Corruption Unit. ... short overview of cases, depts, etc. Linkback: European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, World Bank, SFO, OACU, ICU, Rahul Rose, Corruption Watch.
- Jul.19.2015: National Chaos Agency: Seven crime chiefs quit 'Britain's FBI' as morale plummets less than two years after force was set up. Shock resignations at the top of National Crime Agency, considered 'Britain's FBI'. Its head is one of seven members of management board to quit in recent months. Crisis is a blow to Home Secretary Theresa May who set up the NCA to replace Labour's failed Serious Organised Crime Agency. Morale has plummeted and some officers could not use the internet, Mail on Sunday investigation reveals. Senior figures are concerned at the level of control over the NCA exerted by the Home Secretary. There are widespread concerns the NCA is being run more like a Whitehall department than a law enforcement agency, with too many managers making it difficult for swift action to be taken. Several sources said top brass were frustrated that the Home Secretary, to whom they are directly accountable unlike in other forces, was using the NCA to fill gaps created by police budget cuts. Keith Bristow, Phil Gormley, Trevor Pearce. Daily Mail Online, Martin Beckford