News


Florida Department of Law Enforcement Partners with United Kingdom Law Enforcement to Fight Organized Crime

7/15/2008
 
Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) Commissioner Gerald Bailey and the United Kingdom’s Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) Deputy Director David Armond today signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that affirms cooperation between the two agencies in exchanging relevant investigative and intelligence information to fight organized crime in Florida and the United Kingdom. Commissioner Bailey, a delegate on Gov. Charlie Crist’s trade mission, signed the MOU with Armond, the Deputy Director for Intervention Proceeds of Crime, in London, England.

Under the MOU, FDLE and SOCA commit to work together to share information that will help further each agency’s mission to detect and dismantle organized criminal activity and to mitigate the harm and threat to public safety posed by organized crime.

“Criminal activity crosses international borders and often leads to complex and highly sophisticated investigations,” said FDLE Commissioner Gerald Bailey. “This partnership offers new opportunities to dismantle trans-continental organized groups.”

The MOU was signed as part of Governor Charlie Crist's Florida Trade and Business Development Mission to the United Kingdom, France, Russia and Spain to encourage trade and investment in Florida and its international partners. The trade mission is focusing on climate change, aerospace, aviation and alternative and renewable energy.

SOCA is a relatively new agency in the United Kingdom and represents the consolidation of several UK agencies into a singular agency. SOCA is an intelligence-led agency with law enforcement powers and harm reduction responsibilities.

FDLE is committed to intelligence and information-led policing. The Department houses Florida’s Fusion Center, a multi-agency round the clock operation that hosts various systems and sources to provide a centralized communication point for Florida law enforcement. FDLE agents are assigned throughout the state to serve as intelligence liaisons to the criminal justice community. In recent months, FDLE held a series of regional intelligence meetings in Florida to discuss intelligence sharing statewide, assess current capabilities and develop a comprehensive plan to close any gaps in information and intelligence exchange. Local, state and federal agencies, including SOCA, attended these meetings. The partnership between SOCA and FDLE will enhance Florida’s ability to investigate and prosecute international organized criminal groups that pose the greatest threats to Florida’s citizens and visitors.
 

For more information, contact:

Governor's Press Office: 850-410-7001

Heather Smith or Kristen Perezluha
FDLE Public Information Office
(850) 410-7001