The Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca) is to spend between £300m and £500m on anintegrated IT system to replace the legacy systems it inherited when it was formed almost three years ago.
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The so-called 2010 project was revealed in tender documents published in the Official Journal of the European Union. Soca plans to place business on 20 January 2009.
Its aim is "to transform service provision within Soca, both in terms of supporting information management processes with technology, and supplementing Soca's people and skills."
Soca's main interests are to defeat terrorism and serious organised criminals such as people and drug smugglers, money launderers and the like.
It also plays a role in the investigation of cybercrimes and the part IT plays in serious organised criminal activity. For example, it helped in the Dark Market investigation, an FBI sting operation into the global market for malware.