A NEW crime fighting agency has been launched with the aim of strengthening relations between law enforcement in the UK and Spain.
The National Crime Agency (NCA) will employ more than 4,000 specialist crime fighters to tackle some of the world’s toughest and most organised criminals.
One of the NCA’s key aims is to track down British criminals that are on the run in Spain.
It will build on relations with a range of agencies including the Spanish National Police, the Guardia Civil and Spanish Customs to tackle a range of crime including economic crime, immigration crime, and e-crime, which fell outside of the jurisdiction of its predecessors.
It will continue to work closely with Spanish partners under Operation Captura, which has seen 53 of the UK’s most wanted criminals arrested, and will remain a threat to British fugitives residing in Spain.
David Armond, Director of Border Policing Command for the NCA, said: “Tackling serious and organised crime goes way beyond the shores of the United Kingdom.
“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.”