October 2013

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07/10/2013 The National Crime Agency replaces the Serious Organised Crime Agency

On 7 October 2013, the National Crime Agency (NCA) replaced the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA). Part 1 of the Crime and Courts Bill establishes the National Crime Agency (NCA) to prevent and investigate serious, organised and complex crime, enhance border security, and tackle the sexual abuse and exploitation of children, and cyber crime.

The NCA is a UK-wide crime-fighting agency with a highly visible, national profile dedicated to protecting the public. The new agency aims to refocus the functions of SOCA and improve the response to economic crime by combining intelligence on organised criminals and their activities.

The National Crime Agency assumed the functions of the UK Financial Intelligence Unit and will receive Suspicious Activity Reports. The SAR Online service will be rebranded to reflect the new NCA identity but the functionality and layout of the website will not change. Users will have access to the website and SAR Online accounts as normal.

Access to SAR Online can be found from the NCA website www.nationalcrimeagency.gov.uk  or directly at https://www.ukciu.gov.uk/saronline.aspx


Prepared by


León Manuel González Mercé

IBA Legal InternLegal Projects Team