The National Crime Agency (NCA) was established to lead the fight against serious and organised crime. It has the power to task other law enforcement partners and a capability, with local to international reach, to disrupt the impact of serious and organised crime on the UK.
This is the third HMIC inspection of the NCA. It looked at the support provided by the agency to law enforcement in respect of serious crime investigations. Specifically, it focused on three related NCA teams: Specialist Operations Centre, Crime Operational Support, and the Serious Crime Analysis Section.
This report has been published today. I will place a copy of the report in the Library of the House. I have asked HMICFRS to publish this report on my behalf and it is available online at www.justiceinspectorates.gov.uk.
The report finds that the three teams in the NCA provide an effective and efficient service but that in order to meet the needs of present-day policing there must be a concerted effort to respond to the eight recommendations and four areas for improvement set out in this report. It is for the Director General to respond to these recommendations, in line with the requirements of the Crime and Courts Act 2013.