SOCA – the Serious Organised Crime Agency – will bring together 4,200 specialist agents from a range of crime bodies, including the National Hi-Tech Crime Unit (NHTCU).
Organised crime costs the UK around £20bn a year – more than £300 per person. Home Secretary Charles Clarke said Soca marks “a step change in our efforts to stay ahead of the game in the fight against serious organised crime.”
The bulk of its resources - around 40% - will go on drug trafficking and 25% will go on organised immigration crime. Some 10% of resources will go on individual and private sector fraud, including identity and e-commerce fraud.
The new agency will be chaired by former MI5 director general Sir Stephen Lander.