Plans for a massive shake-up in policing in England and Wales have been outlined in Parliament by Home Secretary Theresa May.
A new national crime-fighting agency, the National Crime Agency, set to replace the Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca), is among the proposals.
The new body is expected to include a new border police unit, the child exploitation and online protection centre (CEOP) and parts of the National Policing Improvement Agency, which it is thought will be phased out.
The new agency will focus on cross-border organised crime and drug trafficking, as well as providing support to individual forces.
Shadow home secretary Alan Johnson said police did not back the plans and the “last thing” forces needed at the moment was more upheaval. He also tabled a question asking for confirmation of how many jobs would be lost in the UK Border Agency.
The UK Border Agency, which employs 25,000 staff, was formed by the last government in 2008 following a Home Office shake up by the then Home Secretary John Reid.
The Home Office consultation paper – Policing in the 21st century – is a radical blueprint it says is designed to make the service more efficient and accountable.
Last week the reforming Home Secretary dumped the e-borders contractor Raytheon.
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