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Serious Organised Crime Agency

Volume 459: debated on Friday 20 April 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Serious Organised Crime Agency officers are designated as having powers of arrest; and how many arrests have been made since 1 April 2006. (124767)

On 1 April 2006, 1,821 SOCA officers were designated with the power of arrest. Since then an additional 27 SOCA officers have been designated with the power of arrest. SOCA also has a number of officers seconded from other agencies and of these 168 are designated with the power of arrest.

For the period April to September 2006, 358 people were arrested as a result of UK based enforcement activity on SOCA operations. This figure includes both arrests by SOCA officers and arrests by other agencies on behalf of SOCA.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 14 March 2007, Official Report, column 402W, on the Serious Organised Crime Agency, with which criminal offences the 316 people were charged. (129046)

The information requested is in the following table.

Nature of Offence

Number of individuals charged1

Drugs trafficking

240

Illegal immigration

68

Money laundering

24

Fraud

1

Firearms trafficking

3

Counterfeit Currency

1

Identity Cards

3

Total

3401

1 The total is greater than 316 because some individuals were charged with more than one offence.