Britain's launches FBI-style crimefighting agency
LONDON (AFP) - Britain's new FBI-style crime-fighting agency was launched on Monday with a threat to hit the country's most "horrible" criminals with a robust response.
The National Crime Agency (NCA) has 4,500 dedicated officers and is aimed at tackling the estimated 37,000 criminals involved in serious and organised crime blighting Britain.
"There will be no one beyond the reach of law enforcement or beyond the reach of the NCA," said its director general Keith Bristow.
"Those people involved in the most horrible activities can expect the most comprehensive and robust response." The agency has an annual budget of £500 million (S$623 million) and focuses on five key areas: organised crime, economic crime, border policing, child exploitation and online protection, and cyber crime.