15. Second supplementary memorandum
submitted by the Immigration and Nationality Directorate, Home
SETTING OPERATIONAL PRIORITIES IN UKIS
IND manages information and intelligence
and directs its operational response in a manner that is consistent
with the National Intelligence Model.
The National Intelligence Model
(NIM) is a business model to deliver intelligence-led working.
It ensures that information is fully researched, developed and
analysed to provide intelligence which enables senior managers
to provide strategic direction, make tactical resourcing decisions
about operational matters and manage risk.
It was adopted by the Association
of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) in 2000 and is at the centre of
the Police Reform Agenda, with the National Policing Plan requiring
that the 43 forces of England & Wales implement the model
to accepted standards by April 2004.
The model works at three levels
of criminality. Level 1 considers criminality of a local nature,
Level 2 considers broader, regional issues and Level 3 deals with
serious and organised crime of a national or international nature.
2. THE NATIONAL
IN IND With its
broad law enforcement partnership working arrangements, IND began
to implement the NIM in 2000, by establishing a structure of intelligence
units across the UK Immigration Service (UKIS). By 2003 there
were 40 intelligence units in operation, including joint units
with a Police, Customs and Department of Work & Pension presence.
The intelligence structures expanded into other IND work areas
during 2004, including Managed Migration and Asylum Support and
Casework, and it is expected that 65 intelligence units will be
in operation by April 2006.
IND intelligence structures allow
for NIM Levels 1 to 3 to be addressed, with dedicated units delivering
intelligence at local, regional and national levels. IND is a
key partner in Reflexthe Government's multi agency
initiative to tackle organised immigration crime and the intention
is for it to continue this role with the Serious Organised Crime
Agency (SOCA). Currently, the Immigration Crime Team, a joint
IND and National Crime Squad unit based at the IND Intelligence
Service (INDIS) provides an effective Level 3 tactical response.
At Level 2, IND intelligence staff are seconded to Reflex-funded
teams at numerous locations across the UK, including those with
Merseyside, Kent, Essex, Yorkshire and the Metropolitan Police
forces. At Level 1, IND intelligence units focus on delivering
intelligence to counter individual abuses of the immigration control,
from potential clandestine entrants to failed asylum seekers.
The work of these units is driven
by the Tasking and Coordination Group (TCG) structure, which is
in place from Senior Director to Local Command level. The timing
of each level of meeting is coordinated to maximise the opportunities
for tasking. Each level of meeting is supported by units producing
NIM products, including strategic and tactical assessments and
target and problem profiles. The IND Control Strategy (Annex A)
[not printed] flows from the national strategic assessment and
is owned by the Senior Director TCG. It sets the organisation's
priorities for intelligence, prevention and enforcement activity
and acts as a guide to subordinate TCG's decision making.
3. ENABLING COMPLIANCE
MODEL INDIS is
at the heart of the development process; driving the change agenda,
setting and monitoring standards for the use of intelligence,
providing a cutting edge national intelligence IT system, leading
in the development of threat analysis and developing targets against
Regular engagement between ACPO
working groups and INDIS helps to ensure that current thinking
on the NIM and its attendant working practices are shared between
organisations. Key documents, such as the Manual of Standards
and Codes of Practice for the Recording and Dissemination of Intelligence
are consistent between organisations. Similarly, the IND NIM Minimum
Standards closely mirror ACPO standards and specialist intelligence
training within IND is conducted to ACPO approved standards. INDIS
is engaged with the police Impact Programme, to ensure
that opportunities for information sharing arising from Impact
Nominal Information system are maximised.
4. FUTURE DEVELOPMENT The
development of SOCA provides both an opportunity and challenge
to IND. INDIS' involvement will provide a sound foundation for
close co-operation in the future. But the challenge is in providing
a meaningful response to criminal abuse that will not be taken
on by the new agency. A recent review of IND's intelligence structures
considered IND's current response to level 2 immigration crime
to be patchy and unco-ordinated. Plans are now in place for INDIS
to embed staff in a number of key intelligence unit locations,
so as to provide IND with an enhanced intelligence capability
that, in addition to being able to develop targets against level
2 immigration abuse, will provide the link between local intelligence
units and SOCA and have the ability to capture intelligence across
the business to paint the national picture and provide central
guidance and support on intelligence policy. Such a move will
enable INDIS to consolidate its position at the heart of an intelligence-led
organisation, providing high quality assessments to direct and
inform priorities and help direct the allocation of resources
across the business.
Immigration and Nationality Directorate Intelligency
27 February 2006