The Birth of SOCA

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A national agency which will target major criminals such as drug-smugglers, people-traffickers and fraudsters comes into force on Saturday.
The Serious and Organised Crime Agency (Soca), dubbed Britain's FBI, will unite experts from the police, customs and immigration services.

It will have more than 4,000 officers and will use existing and new legal powers to fight crime.

Soca is Britain's first non-police law-enforcement body. However, Soca is employing hundreds of former police officers.

Maybe Soca need Jack Regan, loosen your tie, pour yourself a scotch and tell yer bird to shut it. Your nicked you S**g!!!!
 
#2
So does that mean they'll be investigating that slimy shite Phoney Tony and his gang of corrupt crooks? If ever there was a case of serious and organised crime, they're it!
Or are they "immune"?

MsG
 
#3
Bugsy7 said:
So does that mean they'll be investigating that slimy shite Phoney Tony and his gang of corrupt crooks? If ever there was a case of serious and organised crime, they're it!
Or are they "immune"?

MsG
Yes. They're immune, as will be proven by the upcoming whitewash Scotland Yard will produce. Mr Blair will be 'vindicated' - along with the greater offender Cameron, and, to a much lesser degree, Campbell. And, before anyone claims Cameron/Campbell can't be blamed for what went on before they were made leaders, that burden of 'responsibility' was assumed on the day they were voted in.
 
#5
Mister_Angry said:
http://www.soca.gov.uk/
Former National Crime Squad detective Peter Blekesley told the BBC: "This organisation needs to be elite. It needs to be secretive to a certain degree.

Well there location is not, Same address as NCIS. PO Box 8000 will take you to Spring Gardens!!!!

Lets hope they do well, im sure they will under former Mi5 boss Sir Stephen Lander.
 
#6
NCIS? Is that like CSI but if you're dyslexic?
 
#7
Helios said:
NCIS? Is that like CSI but if you're dyslexic?
National Criminal Intelligence Service
 
#8
I don't know where they get this "First non Police Law Enforcement body" stuff from.

How about HM Customs and Excise, VOSA, The Highways Agency, Council/Community wardens etc etc. There are many.
 

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#9
india-juliet said:
A national agency which will target major criminals such as drug-smugglers, people-traffickers and fraudsters comes into force on Saturday.
The Serious and Organised Crime Agency (Soca), dubbed Britain's FBI, will unite experts from the police, customs and immigration services.

It will have more than 4,000 officers and will use existing and new legal powers to fight crime.

Soca is Britain's first non-police law-enforcement body. However, Soca is employing hundreds of former police officers.

Maybe Soca need Jack Regan, loosen your tie, pour yourself a scotch and tell yer bird to shut it. Your nicked you S**g!!!!
This is from their website FAQ:

What powers do SOCA Officers have?
The Director General is able to designate SOCA officers as having the powers of a police constable, a customs officer, or an immigration officer.
Tonight Matthew I'll be....
 
#10
Bugsy7 said:
So does that mean they'll be investigating that slimy shite Phoney Tony and his gang of corrupt crooks? If ever there was a case of serious and organised crime, they're it!
Or are they "immune"?

MsG
Head of state/senior state official immunity.
 
#11
But the PM isn't Head of State, that's the Queen. He's 'just' the leader of whatever political party controls the most seats in the Commons.
 
#12
Juvenal said:
But the PM isn't Head of State, that's the Queen. He's 'just' the leader of whatever political party controls the most seats in the Commons.
Has anybody told the PM that? :)

ps. Until this thread I thought SOCA was a music form (SOulCAlyps)!
 
#13
Bugsy7 said:
So does that mean they'll be investigating that slimy shite Phoney Tony and his gang of corrupt crooks? If ever there was a case of serious and organised crime, they're it!
Or are they "immune"?

MsG
'Serious' certainly, 'organised' I'm not so sure :roll:
 
#14
Calling SOCA the "British FBI" is like calling a pub football team Liverpool; it might make them feel better but they're still not going to win the Champions League.
The problem is that SOCA is not a new organisation. It is just a re-branding of several groups of people who were trying to deal with these threats - organised crime,drugs, people smuggling etc - already. And in most cases, specatacularly failing to do so.
If Blair had really wanted a British FBI, the first thing he would have done was set a British version of Quantico, the FBI Academy. All SOCA recruits, whatever their experiance would have gone through the same intensive training. And SOCA would, indeed, be an elite...instead of just another New Labour spin-job.
 
#16
J - good point about Blair not being the Head of State. He has'nt managed to abolish the Monarchy...yet.
I would'nt put it past the slimey cnut to try.
 
#17
Looks familiar !!!!


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Crime_Authority_of_Australia

National Crime Authority of Australia


The National Crime Authority (NCA) was an Australian law enforcement agency established in 1984. In 2003 it was superseded by the Australian Crime Commission (ACC).

The NCA was set up in the wake of the Costigan Commission into tax evasion and organised crime. It was intended to lead a national law enforcement response to organised crime which could overcome the jurisdictional barriers of the Australian federal system.

The NCA was frequently criticised for misusing its power, but also, on the other hand, for not being effective enough. Businessman and former Liberal Party President John Elliott accused the NCA of running a vendetta against him inspired by the then Labor government.

The NCA was replaced by the ACC in 2003 with the stated aim of streamlining the legislative and governmental framework.
 

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