Britain launches FBI-style force to tackle organised crime
LONDON (REUTERS) - Britain's new crime-fighting agency starts work on Monday with the power to mobilise intelligence from multiple sources and direct police forces across the country to tackle drug gangs, corruption, cyber crime and child sex abuse.
The National Crime Agency, dubbed Britain's version of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) by media, will consist of more than 4,000 officers and will take on many of the duties of its widely criticised predecessor, the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA), while also having additional powers.
NCA Director General Keith Bristow also promised a new relationship with the private sector to combat white-collar crime, actively seeking bankers to work as unpaid "specials".
"There will be no one beyond the reach of law enforcement or beyond the reach of the NCA," Bristow told reporters at a briefing ahead of the agency's launch.