July 9, 2009

SOCA Gets New Chief! Are The Crime Gangs Quaking In Their Boots?

Filed under: Crime News — admin @ 11:32 am

The new head of the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) has been announced, Sir Ian Andrews will head Britain’s fight against serious crime. This multi-million pound organisation will work with the Police in its endeavour to cut crime. There are a few people who are shocked by the decision to make Sir Ian the head of this organisation, due to the fact that he has no Police training and spent most of his life as a civil servant.

Sir Ian (56) will take up his post on a part time basis, he will have his work cut out as many people do not believe that SOCA has come to grips with how big a problem crime is in this country. Many senior Police officers are not happy at the ‘top heavy’ structure of this organisation and are disgruntled at the way it has been run in the past, saying with all the secrets, it was run more like MI5 than a law enforcement agency.

At the moment there are an estimated 4000 organised crime groups in the UK, from teenage gangs defending their turf to highly organised drug gangs which deal in hundreds of millions worth of pounds. The job of SOCA is to co-ordinate with agencies and the Police to target criminal gangs. Sir Ian Andrews will take over from Sir Stephen Lander who was the former head of MI5 who retired this week.

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