New FBI-style police department launched in the UK
The United Kingdom launched a new anti-crime agency, which will have the same functions as Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) excluding national security and counter-terrorism.
National Crime Agency (NCA) will replace the widely-criticized Serious Organized Crime Agency (SOCA) boosted with additional powers. The organization will have $800 million budget and will employ 4,000 officers in the four divisions of organized crime, economic crime, border policing and child exploitation and online protection that will work with a National Cyber Crime Unit.
It will have new powers to step in to a case and directly manage police forces at a more local level.
While the launch of the NCA will see it swallow the Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca) and the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (Ceop), the department has come under fire from shadow policing minister David Hanson for simply ‘rebranding existing organisations with a substantial 20 per cent cut imposed by the Home Office in their overall budget’.
‘The new organization is not strong enough to deal with the exponential growth of economic and online crime. It will simply absorb the existing National Cyber Crime but with fewer resources,’ he added.
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