National Crime Agency: Northern Ireland

Home Office written question – answered on 10th December 2014.

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Photo of Nigel Dodds Nigel Dodds Shadow Spokesperson (Justice), Shadow Spokesperson (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs), DUP Westminster Leader

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the effect of the National Crime Agency not being fully operational in Northern Ireland on the opportunity for people living in Northern Ireland to be employed in that agency.

Photo of Karen Bradley Karen Bradley The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

The National Crime Agency (NCA) has a flexible, UK-wide operational capability, prioritising the deployment of its resources against the highest risks and undertaking targeted operations to cut serious and organised crime affecting

our communities. The NCA's People Strategy delivers a flexible response in which the workforce is placed in areas of operational demand. There is nothing to preclude the employment of people living in Northern Ireland. For example,

NCA officers based in Northern Ireland work on Civil Recovery and Tax casesrelating to England and Wales in the absence of consent for the NCA to take on full functions in Northern Ireland. All NCA vacancies across the United Kingdom are advertised in the spirit of open and fair competition. The NCA recruit in this fashion to secure the best candidates for these demanding roles

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