As an NCA Investigator you’ll be on the front-line of the fight against serious and organised crime, disrupting and bringing to justice those offenders who present the highest risk to the UK.

NCA Investigators are ‘triple warranted’ with the powers of police, Customs and Immigration officers.

You might be deployed in a wide range of roles and capacities. You might be a firearms officer in our Armed Operations Unit, pursue fugitives as part of our International Crime Bureau,  investigate a major cyber attack in our National Cyber Crime Unit, help safeguard a victim of modern slavery, use behavioural insights to design creative ways to disrupt criminal operations, or anything in between.

You’ll work closely with police, Regional Organised Crime Units, other law enforcement agencies such as HM Revenue & Customs and international law enforcement partners.

Depending on the role there may be opportunities for travel, within the UK and internationally.

Who we’re looking for

NCA Investigators come from a variety of backgrounds. Many come from police or other law enforcement backgrounds and join as experienced professionals. We also recruit trainee investigators as part of our Initial Operational Training Programme. Please see below for further information.

Whatever your background you'll need to have integrity and be a natural team player, working in a close knit team often in highly pressurised environments to deliver operational successes. You also need a logical brain, equipped to solve problems efficiently and strategically, as well as the ability to work with our stakeholders to build relationships and determine the path of investigation.

You’ll be part of a flexible, professional and capable workforce where personal and professional development is encouraged.  As a 24/7 law enforcement Agency we’re always ready to respond. NCA Investigations are conducted around-the-clock and you may deployed at short notice, work shifts and operate in various locations.

Your role will see you having a high degree of computer literacy with a variety of computer systems and applications.  This will include the core systems used by the National Crime Agency, as well as digital data, applications and tools.  It also requires excellent communication skills with the ability to write well.  You must be adept at working with others and be comfortable both giving and receiving direction. 

Apply to become an NCA Investigator

We recruit regularly for experienced Investigators. Please see our latest vacancies for further information.

We also offer an Initial Operational Training Programme (IOTP) to recruit trainee Investigators. We plan to open IOTP for applications later this year.

Serving NCA officers are also eligible to join the IOTP. We're committed to professional development and flexible career pathways so there may be opportunities for serving officers to move into new areas of work, with all the training, support and guidance to be a success in the role.

Contract type: Permanent, Secondment