Organised crime is one of the gravest threats to our national security – blighting communities, ruining lives and costing the UK well over £20 billion every year. Organised crime can feel distant from most peoples’ day to day lives, but it affects us all. From the sexual exploitation of children to the smuggling of illegal firearms, cyber crime, human trafficking and modern slavery – serious and organised crime is everywhere.
Our role is to protect the public from the most serious threats by disrupting and bringing to justice those serious and organised criminals who present the highest risk to the UK.
What we do
The NCA has a wide remit. We tackle serious and organised crime, strengthen our borders, fight fraud and cyber crime, and protect children and young people from sexual abuse and exploitation.
We provide leadership in these areas through our organised crime, border policing, economic crime and CEOP commands, the National Cyber Crime Unit and specialist capability teams.
The NCA works closely with partners to deliver operational results. We have an international role to cut serious and organised crime impacting on the UK through our network of international liaison officers.
Accountability and Governance
The NCA is a non-ministerial government department. It publishes an pdf annual plan (329 KB), setting out how it will meet its strategic and operational priorities in the year ahead, and an pdf annual report (3.20 MB) summarising its performance against that plan. A shortened version of the annual report is available pdf here(272 KB).
The Director General has independent operational direction and control over the NCA’s activities. The Director General is accountable for the agency’s performance to the Home Secretary and through them to Parliament.
The NCA Framework Document (223 KB) sets out the NCA’s accountability, management, operational and financial arrangements and explains how the relationship between the Home Secretary and the National Crime Agency is intended to function.
Details concerning the delegation of functions conferred on the NCA Director General by an Act of Parliament, an Act of the Scottish Parliament and an Act of the Northern Ireland Assembly, are outlined in the delegation levels table (36 KB).
The Director General chairs the NCA board which comprises executives and non-executive members. The members of the board are:
Lynne Owens CBE QPM MA: Director General (Chair)Matthew Horne: Deputy-Director General (Operations)Nina Cope: Deputy-Director General (Capabilities)Tim Symington: Director of Corporate Services
Jane Furniss CBE: Non-executive DirectorNicholas Alston CBE MA: Non-executive DirectorWendy Barnes: Non-executive DirectorReshard Auladin: Non-Executive Director
The Board is supported by a number of sub-Committees, including an Audit and Risk Assurance Committee chaired by a Non-Executive Director, whose pdf Terms of Reference (87 KB)are available here.
The NCA is subject to rigorous external and independent scrutiny including by:
Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary on efficiency and effectiveness, working with other inspection bodies as appropriateThe Independent Police Complaints Commission for activity undertaken in England and Wales and the Police Investigations Review Commissioner for Scotland The Office of Surveillance Commissioners, which provides oversight of the use of covert surveillance and covert human intelligence sourcesThe Interception of Communications Commissioner, who provides oversight of the use of interception powers and the acquisition of communications dataThe Investigatory Powers Tribunal which can investigate complaints from the public about the use of intrusive powers
The NCA is also subject to scrutiny by Parliament, primarily by the Home Affairs Committee, the Public Accounts Committee and by the Scottish Parliament.