Annual Plan for 2018-2019 published by National Crime Agency to “deliver step change”

The National Crime Agency (NCA) has published its Annual Plan for 2018-2019, setting out what the organisation will do over the coming year to make itself “leaner and more efficient” and “deliver a step change” to the way in which it works with law enforcement and intelligence partners to fight serious and organised crime as one system.

In the Home Secretary’s foreword to the detailed 19-page document, Amber Rudd praises the NCA’s performance, stating that the organisation has “gone from strength to strength with an impressive and sustained track record of disruptions across the full range of serious and organised crime threats.”

NCA director general Lynne Owens echoes these sentiments in her own statement, highlighting that the NCA has delivered “some outstanding results since its inception”. Owens adds: “We’re not complacent. There’s more to be done in order to protect the public from the effects of serious and organised crime, which continues to grow in complexity and challenge.”

Owens concludes: “Tackling the breadth of serious and organised crime is beyond the capacity and capabilities of any one body. Agencies can no longer act in isolation to protect members of the public, and nor can any one agency hold all the tools required for a comprehensive response. This Annual Plan sets out how we will play our part in leading that response.”

Steps to be taken towards transformation

The NCA’s Annual Plan, which follows on from the Government’s National Security Capability Review, is ambitious in its scope, detailing the concrete steps that the organisation will take towards transformation over the coming period. In 2018-2019, the organisation will:

*Build critical capability through the creation of the National Assessment Centre, the National Data Exploitation Capability and the National Economic Crime Centre

*Continue to demonstrate its leadership role in tackling serious and organised crime by embedding a consistent approach towards threat leadership, including prioritisation and tasking, in order to become threat agnostic and intelligence-led in all of its investigations

*Deliver specialist and unique services to support its own operations as well as those of its partners

*Work with partner organisations to continually build an evidence base for sustainable funding

*Implement the recommendations of its international review, ensuring that activity orchestrated to tackle serious and organised crime upstream is driven by agreed national priorities

*Introduce a new streamlined structure that will also make the NCA a more efficient, agile and flexible organisation. Savings will be reinvested to increase the number of frontline officers

The NCA’s plans for the coming year are ambitious and investments will be made in officers in order to assist in delivering them. The organisation’s new pay and reward structures will make it more competitive as an employer, and also enable the NCA to grow its workforce at critical operational grades, while the diversity and inclusion strategy adopted will help to make the NCA’s workforce more reflective of the communities it serves and protects.

*Read the NCA’s Action Plan for 2018-2019 in full

Director of strategy appointment

Alastair Whitehead, currently private secretary to the Prime Minister Theresa May, has been appointed as the new director for strategy at the NCA.

This newly-created post replaces the corporate strategy function and will report in directly to Nina Cope, the director general for capabilities.

Cope stated: “I’m delighted that Alastair is joining us and look forward to welcoming him to our top team. His experience of working at the sharp end of Government will bring a fresh perspective to a challenging new role.”

On his new role, Whitehead commented: “I’m thrilled to be joining the senior leadership team at the NCA, and look forward to working with colleagues throughout the organisation, both across Whitehall and beyond, in order to ensure that the Agency can advance its mission of protecting the public from the most serious criminal threats.”

About the Author
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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