The NCA’s border investigation teams, who will be a visible crime fighting presence at key ports and airports across the UK, will for the first time have full police, customs and immigration powers, equipping them to tackle all types of crime at the border 24/7. As part of the NCA’s Border Policing Command investigators will respond to seizures of drugs, firearms and other prohibited items made by Border Force, as well as tackling organised immigration crime and human trafficking. The teams will also access wider NCA intelligence and assets to pursue and prosecute those who attempt to avoid border controls and commit crime in the UK. 120 liaison officers based in more than 40 global locations.
This international footprint includes a liaison network to share expertise across the globe, a military and maritime intelligence hub and a co-ordination centre to bring together agencies around the world to target criminals and their commodities before they reach the UK. New joint border intelligence units will also ensure that information is developed and shared between the NCA, Border Force, police and other law enforcement agencies at the UK border David Armond, Director of Border Policing Command for the NCA, said:
“The NCA’s border investigation teams will bring greater border security and play a key role in preventing organised crime groups targeting the UK. Bringing border investigations into the NCA will serve to identify the clear links between smuggling and organised crime. It will also mean that the investigations conducted into people seeking to breach the UK border will have greater assets available both within the UK and overseas.”
The NCA will lead the UK’s fight to cut serious and organised crime by building onthe cutting-edge technologies and expertise of officers from its key predecessor organisations, including the Serious and Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) and the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) centre.