The crime-busting body is being created from the merger of the National Crime Squad and the National Criminal Intelligence Service. Soca will also assume some of the remits of HM Revenue & Customs and the Immigration Service. It will be chaired by former MI5 director-general Sir Stephen Lander and employ around 5,000 investigators.
Plans for the agency were unveiled last year after concerns that existing measures against the drugs trade were not working. It has been designed to bring senior intelligence and security experts into frontline policing.
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