Latest in-depth analysis of UK crime threats published by the NCA

The National Crime Agency has published its second public-facing analysis of the serious and organised crime threats affecting the UK

The National Crime Agency has published its second public-facing analysis of the serious and organised crime threats affecting the UK

The National Crime Agency (NCA) has just published its second public-facing analysis of the serious and organised crime threats presently affecting the UK. The National Strategic Assessment (NSA), which is produced on an annual basis, draws together knowledge from across the whole law enforcement community, in turn offering an objective picture of serious and organised crime threats and enabling UK law enforcement as a whole to prioritise, co-ordinate and target the response.

Themes brought out in the 2015 assessment include an overall increase in the risk from human trafficking and modern slavery, and a specific increase in labour exploitation. Money laundering is now a high priority risk in its own right while there’s an expectation that criminals will focus on mobile malware as the use of apps for financial transactions increases.

In addition, the growing complexity of tracing online criminal activity as the next generation of IP addresses rolls out is pinpointed, so too the fact that bribery and corruption remain critical enablers for all types of criminality.

The NSA is presented in two sections. The first of these analyses the key threats including child sexual exploitation and abuse, firearms, organised immigration crime, human trafficking and modern slavery, cyber crime, money laundering, drugs, economic crime and organised acquisitive crime.

The second section assesses the cross-cutting threats which underpin most serious and organised crime, including corruption, criminal use of Internet technology, prisons and lifetime management, border vulnerabilities and the criminal use of identity as an enabler.

The NCA’s director general Keith Bristow commented: “Serious and organised crime affects us all. It’s a pervasive national security threat with far-reaching effects on the UK’s social and economic well-being and international reputation. Its perpetrators are highly innovative and tenacious in pursuing their goals. Our response must be resourceful and relentless.”

Continuing the latter theme, Bristow added: “To inform that response, we need a comprehensive understanding of the risk. The National Strategic Assessment draws together that single picture and has been produced in consultation with a broad range of partners.”

In conclusion, Bristow stated: “A collaborative approach remains vital across policing and law enforcement. Partnerships, both domestic and international, bringing together the public and private sectors, academia, charities and society as a whole are crucial when it comes to delivering a lasting detrimental effect on serious and organised crime impacting on the UK.”

NCA director general to retire in 2016

NCA director general Keith Bristow is to retire from law enforcement in 2016. He has made the announcement now in order to allow good time for the appointment of his successor at the NCA and to enable a smooth handover.

“It has been a privilege to play a role in building and shaping the National Crime Agency,” explained Bristow. “Over the past four years our officers and law enforcement partners have undertaken a significant journey together to change the way in which the UK responds to serious and organised crime. We have come a long way and have already transformed the UK’s collective capabilities. However, the journey continues and it’s important that my successor joins at the right point in the NCA’s development.”

Bristow went on to comment: “I’m deeply proud of what we have achieved collectively, and of the men and women who have made this a reality. My policing and law enforcement career began in 1983 as a police cadet and designing, building and leading the NCA has been its highlight.”

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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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