x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

Criminals can’t hide in the UAE, vows UK crime agency

The British agency will have bases in 40 countries, working with its host countries by sharing intelligence on joint threats and targets, and intercepting people, property and money moving to and from the UK.

ABU DHABI // Criminals will find no shelter in the UAE, a new international crime-fighting agency has warned.

Launched yesterday, the UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA) comprises 4,000 specialist officers tasked with combating serious and organised crime across the world.

Run by the British government, the agency will have bases in 40 countries and will work with its host countries, sharing intelligence on joint threats and targets, and intercepting people, property and money moving to and from the UK.

As well as targeting “traditional” organised crime such as drug trafficking, money laundering and firearms, the unit will also focus on cybercrime, fraud and economic crime.

“The bilateral cooperation between the UK and the UAE covers an enormous range including tackling organised crime,” said Dominic Jermey, the British Ambassador to the UAE.

“The new National Crime Agency will allow law enforcement agencies in both countries to join hands and use their shared expertise to track down the perpetrators of serious crimes and bring them to justice. This is invaluable for the safety and prosperity of both our societies and all our businesses.”

“Tackling serious and organised crime goes way beyond the shores of the United Kingdom,” said David Armond, director of Border Policing Command for the NCA.

“Some of the biggest threats to the national security of countries around the globe come from individuals and crime groups who globally cost us billions of pounds every year and ruin lives and communities.

“These people must be stopped, and the NCA will lead the UK’s law enforcement role at an international level.”

ksinclair@thenational.ae