The National Crime Agency (NCA)

The NCA is a crime-fighting agency with national and international reach and the mandate and powers to work in partnership with other law enforcement organisations to bring the full weight of the law to bear in cutting serious and organised crime. It builds on the work of the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA), the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre, and incorporates some of the functions of the National Policing Improvement Agency which fit the NCA’s crime-fighting remit.

Under the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005, HMIC was responsible for inspecting the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) periodically. On 7 October 2013, SOCA was abolished, and new arrangements, under the Crime and Courts Act 2013, require HMIC to inspect its replacement, the NCA. The Secretary of State can also request that HMIC inspect the NCA in respect of a particular matter.

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Reports

Due to the nature of our reports on the NCA and SOCA, most are not published. This section features those that are.

2017 inspection

This inspection examines the national tasking and coordination arrangements led by the NCA. The terms of reference for this inspection of the National Crime Agency in 2017 are:

  1. How effective are the processes for establishing a “single authoritative intelligence picture” on which national tasking is based?
  2. Are the current strategic, tactical and operational tasking processes led by the NCA ensuring that activity is focused on national priorities?
  3. How are the NCA, police forces across the UK and other law enforcement agencies responding to the national priorities?
  4. How are the strategic governance groups led by the NCA, their related threat groups, and strategic action plans informing and influencing national tasking?

2016 inspection

July 2016 – National Crime Agency – a progress report

July 2016 – An inspection of the UK’s International Crime Bureau

The terms of reference for these inspections of the National Crime Agency in 2016 are:

  1. How effective are the services provided by the serious crime analysis section, crime operation support and the specialist operations centre?
  2. How efficiently are these services provided?

2015 inspection

July 2015 – Inspection of the National Crime Agency – Terms of reference

2014 inspection

March 2015 – An inspection of the National Crime Agency

July 2014 – Inspection of the National Crime Agency – Terms of reference

Inspection of SOCA

June 2013 – European Arrest Warrants – An inspection of the Serious Organised Crime Agency’s data, systems and processes for dealing with European arrest warrants