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Organised Crime Bill
Measures will be brought forward to give law enforcement agencies new powers to combat serious and organised crime
Extract from the Queen's speech
This Bill will strengthen the ability fo law enforcement agencies to fight organised crime.

The Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) was launched in April 2006.

The idea for this originated in the Serious Organised Crime and Police Bill, published in November 2004.

Responsible department: Home Office
Origin: Commons
  • Establish a new Serious Crime Prevention Order to prevent organised crime by individuals, or organisations, by imposing restrictions on them
  • Introduce new offences of encouraging or assisting a criminal act with intent, or encouraging or assisting a criminal act believing that an offence may be committed
  • Strengthen the recovery of criminal assets by extending powers or investigation and seizure to all accredited financial investigators

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