SOCA serious organized crime agency

(UK Human Trafficking Centre)

  • SOCA tackles serious organised crime that harms the UK and our citizens. This includes Class A drugs, people smuggling and human trafficking, major gun crime, fraud, computer crime and money laundering.
  • We work to put serious criminals behind bars, and use many other tactics to fight crime and keep you safe. In particular, we want to ensure crime doesn’t pay and that it’s harder to commit.
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Address: Serious Organised Crime Agency, PO Box 8000, London, SE11 5EN, UK;

Objectives and Values: The SOCA Board has agreed five broad priorities, called “strategic imperatives”, which apply to every part of SOCA’s business:

  • Build knowledge and understanding: This applies not just to serious organised crime, but to the harm it causes, and the most effective ways of tackling it. This is a priority, set by ministers, to which everyone in SOCA contributes. Improved knowledge and understanding are not ends in themselves but allow us to identify how best to deploy operational capabilities, prioritise the most appropriate targets and thereby to maximise impact.
  • Tackle criminal finances and profits, including through asset recovery: We know that this has a strong effect on criminal behaviour and we believe that it’s right to deny organised criminals their profits. Progress here isn’t measured only by the criminal money and assets we seize and recover at home and abroad. Its success also lies in constraining criminal activity, undermining criminal confidence, and the reduction in harm caused as a result.
  • Increase the risk to serious organised criminals: We will continue to use the criminal justice system with determination and high standards, and with the close involvement of prosecutors. We will also identify and employ other ways to disrupt criminals at home and overseas, for example through immigration powers.
    We also aim to ensure that serious organised criminals cannot manage their criminal businesses while in prison and that they find it difficult to pick up their activities when released.
  • Collaborate with and support partners, both in the UK and abroad: To achieve impact, we need to maximise our resources. This means maintaining strong and trusting relationships with others, so that we can all be more effective. It includes working with those who have not hitherto been actively involved in the fight against organised crime.
  • SOCA works with partners on criminal justice casework and also to apply our other capabilities to criminal individuals and groups.
    We don’t compete with others in law enforcement but will provide such operational and other support as we can within the resources available, as envisaged in the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005.
  • Build on our capacity to make a difference: SOCA will continue to develop the skills and techniques to deal effectively with organised crime. We are investing in and using technology to support flexible and modern working practices.
    We need to keep pace with, and anticipate, changes in the technology and tactics that criminals use to try to evade detection.

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