A year on, Britain’s FBI has little to celebrate

March 31, 2007

The head of the UK’s equivalent of the FBI has admitted that his agency has yet to make a significant impact, and that it has been bedevilled by organisational problems since its launch.

Sir Stephen Lander, who runs the Serious and Organised Crime Agency (Soca), said mistakes had been made, though he insisted that it was working through them.

The Guardian has learned, however, that there is severe disenchantment among staff. Hundreds of officers are said to want to be transferred back to their former organisations. An unpublished internal Mori survey shows that less than 5% are satisfied with the way that Soca is being run.

A year on, UK’s FBI has little to celebrate | Special Reports | Guardian Unlimited Politics

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UK ‘needs radical new policy to beat drugs’

March 31, 2007

The head of the national crime agency has said UK’s drugs strategy is “making no difference” and needs a radical new approach.

Sir Stephen Lander, the chairman of the Serious and Organised Crime Agency (Soca) – described as Britain’s answer to the FBI – admitted that when it comes to the fight against drugs “we are not winning so we must try something else as well”.

The former head of MI5 said that the traditional law enforcement approach to drugs – seizure and imprisonment – has failed to reduce the availability of illegal substances, such as cocaine and heroin, in this country.

UK ‘needs radical new policy to beat drugs’ – Independent Online Edition > Crime