Home Affairs CommitteeWritten evidence submitted by the National Crime Agency [UKBA 06]

Letter from Keith Bristow QPM, Director General, Director General, National Crime Agency, to the Chair of the Committee, 1 May 2012

National Crime Agency: Progress

Thank you for your letter dated 2 April in which you ask for an update on the work being done to set up the National Crime Agency. Specifically you raise three issues which I shall address in turn.

In relation to the job description and salary details of the Head of the Border Policing Command, please find attached full details at Annex A. This appointment was advertised nationally and I am please to confirm that interviews for this position are being scheduled to conclude in the next month or so.

In terms of the differing roles and the interaction of the Head of the Border Policing Command and the Head of the Border Force, the Home Secretary explained that whilst both individuals will work closely and collaboratively with each other their roles are unique and have intrinsically distinct responsibilities. In brief:

Head of the Border Policing Command

As head of one of the NCA’s four operational commands and accountable to me, he/she will take the lead for border security—gaining commitment from partners to deliver better more joined up enforcement activity against those who seek to exploit or evade the UK border. The role will:

Oversee the delivery of a single, comprehensive picture of the threats to public safety and security that manifest at the border to expose opportunities and previously unknown threats.

Drive all partner agencies operating in and around the border, including the Border Force, to work together to tackle those threats by prioritising action and tasking and co-ordinating the NCA’s resources and wider law enforcement’s assets to have the greatest impact.

Work with overseas partners enabling early intervention against criminals and terrorists who target the UK.

Head of Border Force

Brian Moore, as interim Director General of Border Force will be responsible for entry controls and customs functions at the border. Border Force, a new directorate of the Home Office is a major law enforcement body with key connections to other government and security communities.

The role will:

Lead the current management and future development of UK Border Force.

Work with the new Head of the Border Policing Command and other partners in order to ensure the security of the UK’s borders.

Manage the legitimate passage of people and goods.

I am pleased to say that early working arrangements between the two operations have already proved to be positive. As we move forward, I envisage that Border Force and the NCA will act collaboratively to tackle threats at the border through the new improved tasking arrangements and by better intelligence gathering and sharing. I am confident that both organisations will work hand in hand to build upon the work already done to secure the border more effectively.

Turning finally to your request for a list of the National Crime Agency Programme Board, I attach a full list of members at Annex B.

Keith Bristow QPM
Director General
National Crime Agency

May 2012

Annex A


Grade: SCS Pay Band 2.

Appointment Term: This post is offered as a fixed term appointment for a period of three years, with the possibility of extension.

Salary: This post is set within Senior Civil Service Pay Band 2 (£82,900—£162,500). Starting salary will be dependent on your qualifications, knowledge and the relevant experience you are able to offer but is expected to be between £120,000 and £139,119. No allowances will be payable and you will not be eligible for a non-consolidated annual bonus payment.

Background on the National Crime Agency

Organised crime costs the UK between £20 billion and £40 billion a year. It threatens national security and manifests itself in daily criminality, which damages the economy, local communities and individual lives. The UK’s response has lagged behind and the challenge is to improve our capability to deal with this threat. The creation of a National Crime Agency is central to the Government’s response to that challenge and a key part of a wider programme of radical reform of UK policing.

The government commitment to introduce the NCA was made in the “Policing in the 21st Century” consultation in July 2010. Following on from this, the NCA plan was published in June 2011, setting out the aims and objectives of the NCA. The plan committed to introducing the NCA in 2013, although some key elements, including the Shadow Border Command, will become operational sooner.

The NCA will set the overall operational agenda for tackling serious and organised and complex crime, resulting in a coherent and collaborative national response. The value of the NCA will be defined through the positioning of the Agency in the wider law enforcement landscape; its unique operational contribution; how it will influence the operational activity of its partners; and, how its own activity will be influenced by them.

The NCA will have significant multi-agency capability, drawing on existing national intelligence capabilities. It will build and maintain a comprehensive picture of threats, harms and risks to the UK from organised criminals and it will be responsible for ensuring that those criminals are subject to a prioritised level of operational response. It will have the authority to undertake tasking and coordination of the police and other law enforcement agencies to ensure networks of organised criminals are disrupted and prevented from operating.

The NCA will harness and exploit the existing operational, investigative and intelligence capabilities of the Serious Organised Crime Agency, CEOP and other law enforcement agencies such as UKBA and the police. The NCA will significantly contribute to the UK’s ability to respond to national threats including at and through the border.

In terms of organisational structure, the NCA Plan set out that:

the NCA would comprise four distinct operational commands, operating as part of one single organisation (not in silos);

the crime-fighting commands would be underpinned by centralised capabilities for intelligence, prioritisation, tasking and a dedicated cyber crime unit; and

the NCA would also have its own specialist operational and technological capabilities (including for surveillance, fraud and threat to life situations), which would be available to the police and other agencies.

The plan also highlighted that each Operational Command will be led by a senior experienced individual and manage its own priorities and risks, although there will be flexibility across the commands. The key objectives of each command are highlighted below:

Organised Crime: ensuring a prioritised national operational response is made against identified organised crime groups, whether they operate locally, across the country or across our international borders.

Border Policing: ensuring that all law enforcement agencies operating in and around the border work to clear, mutually-agreed priorities, strengthening our borders, addressing national security threats such as terrorism, disrupting and deterring criminality and bringing offenders to justice.

Economic Crime: ensuring an innovative and improved capability to deal with economic crimes, including those carried out by organised criminals and meeting the coalition government commitment.

Child Exploitation and Online Protection: recognising the significant contribution made by CEOP, ensuring that our efforts to protect and safeguard children from the serious criminality of child exploitation and abuse are maintained and strengthened where child exploitation and abuse links to other forms of serious organised criminality.

At the heart of the NCA will be an intelligence hub which will build and maintain a comprehensive picture of the threats, harms and risks to the UK from organised criminality. There will also be a central cyber crime unit to support and drive the tactical operational activity of the four commands. It will also act as a national centre of expertise on cyber crime.

The Plan underlined that capability, expertise, assets and intelligence would be shared across the entire Agency, and that the NCA’s structures and governance would be designed to ensure flexibility and rapid responsiveness to shifts in the national threat picture. The Director General of the NCA will have the authority to deploy resources between commands and to mount joint operations flexibly, taking full account of the individual command priorities.

The NCA will take a broad approach in its ambition to deliver a step change in law enforcement and in partnership working to reduce the harm caused by serious, organised and complex crime—to individuals, families and communities; to businesses, the public purse and the wider economy; across borders; and online.

The NCA programme has been established to introduce the NCA. It is making significant progress on the design and build of the agency—this covers work on the four operational commands, the intelligence hub, tasking and co-ordination and work to develop the legislation. The programme team includes a number of secondees from key partner organisations to ensure that relevant operational expertise is present throughout the design of the NCA.

Role Description

The Government is seeking an experienced and dynamic individual with the leadership and vision to oversee the establishment of the NCA’s Border Policing Command (BPC), turning the Home Secretary’s vision into an operational reality. Accountable to the recently appointed NCA Director General, the Head of the Border Policing Command will perform a complex operational role and become an integral part of the NCA’s executive management team. As an Executive Director of the NCA (once vested) the Head of the BPC may, in due course, be asked to take on additional duties in order to maximise operational flexibility.

The NCA’s drive to tackle organised crime and protect our borders is fundamental to national security and the UK’s economic well-being. As one of the NCA’s four operational commands, the BPC will take the lead in identifying and tackling threats to the UK border in the widest sense: overseas, at the physical border and in country. It will provide new lead and impetus to knit together the many agencies operating at the border, delivering joined up enforcement activity against those who seek to exploit loopholes in or evade our border controls. With a strong focus on stopping the threat at the earliest opportunity, the BPC will utilise current and emerging capabilities to intervene at our border to stop those intent on doing harm. The post holder will work closely with UKBA and the Border Force.

This is a new post. The BPC will be led by an individual who has a proven track record in both strategic leadership and in protecting the public from serious, organised and complex criminality. He or she will secure commitment from multiple partners to work together to agreed collective objectives, with the purpose of maximising the opportunities that the border presents in tackling organised criminals and those who threaten our national security.

As Head of the BPC, you will be responsible for all operational activity undertaken by that command and will be accountable to the NCA Director General. Close working with UKBA and the Head of the Border Force will be essential.

Initially, the post holder will:

As an integral part of the NCA’s top team, contribute to delivering the Home Secretary’s vision for the NCA and building the NCA’s reputation in the UK and overseas, taking on a challenging and diverse portfolio of responsibilities as the NCA evolves.

Inspire and lead the law enforcement community and other key partners in the detailed design and implementation of the BPC, making a difference to how we tackle border related crime by developing and delivering its operating model, capabilities and responsibilities.

Drive the operation of the BPC shadow command, ensuring early operational progress by co-ordinating multi-agency operations against identified threats to border security. We anticipate focussed operational activity taking place from Autumn 2012 onwards. This will inform the shape of the Command in 2013 as well as impacting on those who abuse our borders.

Once the NCA becomes operational, the post holder will:

Provide strategic direction for the Command, overseeing the collection of multiple strands of intelligence from partners to provide a comprehensive assessment of the threats to the border; galvanising the efforts of law enforcement partners, and the wider NCA, to tackle those threats; and ensuring that effective operational action is taken—locally, nationally and internationally.

Motivate and energise staff across the Command to drive performance and deliver significant improvements to operational outcomes.

Person Specification

In your application you should provide examples of your experience in meeting the appointment criteria listed below. These will be the key criteria for selection:

Ideally possessing recent operational experience at a senior level in policing, law enforcement or a national security related field, your detailed knowledge of the issues will be complemented by the credibility and integrity to command the confidence of Ministers and a wide range of partners within law enforcement and beyond.

Your communication skills will be first class and you will have the breadth of vision, innovation and credibility to see what the BPC can achieve—both on its own and with partners—and be able to make it happen.

You will also have:

Significant experience in change management and strategic leadership—rapidly leading new teams to deliver substantial improvements in operational effectiveness.

A proven track record of delivery in a multi-agency environment.

A sound understanding of the international context in order to liaise effectively with your counterparts from other countries.

Proven capabilities in delivering “better for less”. Your understanding of how to generate efficiencies, reduce overheads and ensure real value for money will be practical and led by example.

Additional Experience

Desirable: Knowledge or experience of border security issues.

Annex B


National Crime Agency (NCA)—Programme Board Membership

Dame Helen Ghosh (Chair)

Permanent Secretary, Home Office

Keith Bristow
(Deputy Chair)

NCA Director General

Trevor Pearce

Director General,
Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA)

Peter Davies

Chief Executive,
Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP)

Jon Murphy

Head of Crime Business Area,
Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO)

Mark Rowley

Assistant Commissioner, Specialist Crime & Operations,
Metropolitan Police


Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ)

Donald Toon

Director of Criminal Investigation,
HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC)

Brian Moore

Director General, Border Force

Simon Duckworth

Representative, Association of Police Authorities (APA) and New Interim Association of Police Governance Bodies

Simon King

Cabinet Office
Senior Policy Advisor, Number 10

Charles Farr

Director General, Office for Security and Counter-Terrorism (OSCT), Home Office

Rob Whiteman

Chief Executive, UK Border Agency (UKBA)

Stephen Rimmer

Director General, Crime and Policing Group, Home Office

Helen Kilpatrick

Director General,
Financial and Commercial Group, Home Office

Lewis Benjamin

National Coordinator,
Organised Crime Partnership Board (OCPB)

Gareth Hills

NCA Programme Director, Home Office

Ingrid Clifford-Jones

NCA Deputy Programme Director, Home Office

Tim Hull

Deputy Director for Intelligence, Tasking and Coordination, NCA Programme, Home Office

Alex Hill

NCA Programme Manager, Home Office

Prepared 20th July 2012