National Crime Agency: New ‘British FBI’ launches and issues warning to criminals


A new FBI-style police department has launched in the UK, aiming to tackle some of the most serious crime in the country.

The National Crime Agency (NCA) is also expected to deal with policing Britain’s borders, stamping out child exploitation, and monitoring cyber offences.

The department’s new director, Keith Bristow, made clear that ‘no one [is] beyond the reach of law enforcement or beyond the reach of the NCA’.

‘Those people involved in the most horrible activities can expect the most comprehensive and robust response,’ he said.

With a budget of £500million-a-year and officer numbers totalling 4,000, the NCA has been the brainchild of home secretary Theresa May and the Home Office.

As crime becomes more sophisticated, the new organisation will equip itself with relevant knowledge and will recruit specialist officers with in-depth knowledge of issues such as human trafficking.

The organisation will have new powers to step in to…

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