The less than transparent Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) has published its SOCA Annual Report 2008/09 (.pdf) (72 pages)
Telephone intercept intelligence and communications data played a role in all significant SOCA operations, and in many where SOCA provided support to other agencies’ criminal justice casework. This was notably the case with police forces throughout England and Wales, for whom SOCA continued to provide telephone interception services.
In 2008/09 SOCA produced 182 assessments and reports for law enforcement, government and others. Those issued were designed to inform policy makers and provide support for operational activity where timeliness and relevance were critical.
The assessments are generally listed by Category – i.e. Class ‘A’ drugs, and then Title.
In 19 cases the title is listed as ‘confidential’ – we only know that it concerned, for instance, immigration.
One assessment of particular interest, however, contains no category, so we have no idea whether it concerns drugs, human trafficking, or child exploitation. but it does list its Title.
The Threat to SOCA from Private Investigators and Others Seeking Unauthorised Access to Information October 2008
Unfortunately, SOCA is exempt from the list of Public Authorities which have to comply with Freedom of Information Act Requests.
If you have a copy of this report – please send it to me.
If you are an MP and want some good publicity for a change, please access a copy, I shall be happy to oblige!