SOCA tackles serious organised crime that affects the UK and our citizens. This includes Class A drugs, people smuggling and human trafficking, major gun crime, fraud, computer crime and money laundering.
SOCA officers can have the combined powers of police, customs and immigration officers. We also have a substantial range of tools and legislation to target criminals with – everything from the ability to recover assets through to Serious Crime Prevention Orders. We work with agencies and officials across the UK and all over the world to help us do our job and to help them do theirs.
We use traditional law enforcement methods – investigating, and arresting criminals. We also draw on innovative new approaches to prevent crimes from happening in the first place.
Here are some examples:
First class intelligence - we use all kinds of ways to gather the knowledge we need to know where, when and how to strike to best effect.
Monitoring serious career criminals - in some cases we watch them for life, to prevent them from continuing their criminal activities in prison or after release.
Hitting them where it hurts - by taking criminals’ cash and property. For many serious criminals, this worries them more than the prospect of going to prison.
Working in partnership - serious organised crime is a major problem that affects everyone every day, so we co-operate with law enforcement, public and private sector partners to counter it.
Worldwide operations - we go anywhere we need to when tackling criminal activity. For instance, a street drug dealer is just the last link in a chain that probably stretches to the other side of the world. So our activities aren’t limited by borders.
Making it harder to commit crime - for example, passing on details of suspicious financial activities or forged identities to banks before frauds can take place.
Library – here’s where you can read relevant reports and legislation.
How we are run – the structure of SOCA plus how we’re accountable.
How we work – our priorities and main areas of work, including gathering intelligence, investigation, new approaches and asset recovery.
Working in partnership – who we work with, both in the UK and abroad.
UK Financial Intelligence Unit (UKFIU) – the part of SOCA that focuses on the proceeds of crime and terrorist financing.
National Crime Agency - the National Crime Agency becomes operational in 2013
UK Human Trafficking Centre (UKHTC) - a central point of expertise and coordination in relation to the UK’s response to the trafficking of human beings
Missing Persons Bureau - The MPB support and improve the services provided to missing persons investigations.
Serious Crime Analysis Section - The SCAS team of crime analysts and specialist police staff analyse rape and serious sexual assualt and motiveless or sexually motivated murder cases.
Specialist Operations Centre - The SOC provides front line policing with information, advice and support in relation to surveillance law, major crime and vulnerable and intimidated witnesses.
Crime Operational Support - COS assists police forces in the resolution of exceptional crime series and operational critical incidents.
Proceeds of Crime Centre - responsible for monitoring the performance of financial investigators in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre - a pioneering law enforcement led multi-agency organisation, dedicated to protecting children against sexual abuse.