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National Crime Agency launches New Year recruitment drive

The National Crime Agency has launched a recruitment drive to strengthen its specialist teams tackling organised crime.
Published - 04/01/2021 By - Chris Smith

From surveillance motorcyclists to social workers, the NCA is looking to bolster its ranks to increase capacity for working with enforcement partners.

More than 30 vacancies are open covering both operational and support roles at sites across the country.

The NCA’s requirement is for people who can demonstrate “experience and innovative ways of working”.

The agency briefed Police Oracle that the recruitment drive is a long-term one and officers or staff who are looking at future career options should make regular checks as other roles are due to come on-stream.

Among the jobs is a surveillance operations manager overseeing a new team of unarmed specialists.  

The new dedicated team will enhance NCA support to proactive operations against high risk, high priority, Organised Crime Groups impacting across both England and Wales.

The team will be based in the South of England, but will operate in support of NCA operational teams anywhere across the country. 

Other roles include digital media investigators, financial analysts and a firearms and explosives officer.

An NCA spokesperson said: “We are currently recruiting for a variety of roles across the agency, from support roles to operational and specialist officers. We welcome applications from those who can bring both their experience and innovative ways of working to widen and diversify our workforce to help fight Serious and Organised Crime.”

It’s latest success to be made public came on Christmas Day when 21 people were arrested across the UK as part of an operation targeting customers of an online criminal marketplace advertising stolen personal credentials.

The five-week operation was coordinated by the agency and involved cybercrime teams from across the Team Cyber UK network.

Those targeted were customers of WeLeakInfo, a site that hosted 12 billion stolen credentials from over 10,000 data breaches before it was taken down in January 2020 following an NCA investigation.

Official recognition of the huge progress made by the agency came with the announcement in the New Year’s Honours that Director General Lynne Owens was being made a Dame.

Prospective recruits can expect to work across a range of offences.

An NCA recruitment spokesperson said: “We deal with criminals who pose the biggest threat to the UK public and national security, including those involved in human trafficking, firearms, drug dealing, exploitation of children, money laundering, high-end fraud and corruption.”

The drive to increase capacity is also being used to improve diversity: “Everyone plays their part in the NCA’s mission. Intelligence, Investigations, Strategy, Legal and many more teams within the agency work together to build the best possible intelligence picture of serious and organised crime threats, relentlessly pursue the most serious and dangerous offenders, and develop and deliver specialist capabilities.

“We do this in close collaboration with and on behalf of our law enforcement partners.”

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