At the moment there is no exact equivalent of the FBI in the UK although several government agencies including MI5, Regional Special Branch and The Specialist Operations Branch Metropolitan Police function together in a similar role to what the FBI stand for in the US. In the UK there is a distinct separation between the intelligence agencies but now it looks as though these could be amalgamated to create a FBI style task force.
It began with the Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government who dream was and is to reform policing in the uk. The implementation of this FBI style task force could be the most radical change that law enforcement has seen over the last 50 years. This creation isnt one of new ideas but more new beginnings, During 2006 Labour had attempted to tackle serious criminal issues with the creation of SOCA (Serious Organised Crime Agency) Information on the serious crime agency can be found at the following link http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serious_Organised_Crime_Agency . The new agency plans to replace the existing S.O.C.A that was set up by Labour as well as taking on the responsibilities of other law enforcement agencies.
This new agency will be known as the National Crime Agency (NCA) and will be launched during 2013 and like mentioned earlier will replace S,O.C.A and also include the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Center, some parts of the Uk Border Agency and also the National Policing Improvement Agency .You can read more about the NCA at the following link http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Crime_Agency. The Government believe by transferring anti criminal and counter terrorism threats to a main “universal” task force , a safer nation could also be created.
Below are some links to articles that hit the headlines regarding the NCA and show the “dream” may be a great idea in theory but the reality could be a very different story.
During 2010 the following story surfaced on the World Socialist Web Site regarding the NCA . http://www.wsws.org/articles/2010/aug2010/poli-a07.shtml
The following story was published in the Daily Mail. They believe the dream may have been a British style FBI But the reality could be more like the KGB. The full story can be read @ http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-2153728/Their-dream-British-FBI–reality-KGB.html .
The Telegraph published a story written by John Yates who was assistant commissioner of the Metropolitan Police and UK lead for counter-terrorism. He doubted that the NCA (or as it seems to be more commonly known the British FBI) wont make us any safer and could possibly disrupt our continued fight against crime. Read what he had to say @http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/9294144/A-British-FBI-wont-make-us-any-safer.html
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