Dealing with the National Crime Agency
Produced in partnership with Peter Ratliff of 6KBW College Hill

The following Risk & Compliance practice note produced in partnership with Peter Ratliff of 6KBW College Hill provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Dealing with the National Crime Agency
  • Role and powers
  • Role
  • Powers
  • Statutory objectives
  • Crime reduction
  • Criminal intelligence
  • System of compliance checks or visits
  • NCA enforcement strategy
  • Attracting the NCA’s attention
  • More...

Dealing with the National Crime Agency

This Practice Note provides high-level guidance on dealing with the National Crime Agency. It sets out the role, powers and strategy of the NCA; its statutory objectives and current priorities; what the NCA expects of organisations in the private sector; and covers self-reporting.

Role and powers


The National Crime Agency (NCA) is the UK’s lead law enforcement agency in respect of organised crime, including cyber and economic crime that spans regional and international borders. Its 1,700 officers are based throughout the UK and in strategic locations across the world.

The NCA was established by the Crime and Courts Act 2013 (CCA 2013) and became fully operational on 7 October 2013, replacing the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA).

A feature of the approach of the NCA is the emphasis on co-operation and co-ordination, both between the NCA and other agencies including the Serious Fraud Office, Revenue and Customs, Immigration Enforcement and the police and between the NCA and the private sector.


NCA officers can be designated with three different sets of powers, or any combination thereof:

  1. the powers and privileges of a constable

  2. the powers of an officer of Revenue and Customs, and

  3. the powers of an immigration officer

NCA officers are subject to any limitation included in such a designation. An NCA officer may be designated the powers of a constable on a specific investigation

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