Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005

Reference: UK/2005/C/15

The Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005 established the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA).

Main provisions

The Act

  • makes provision about investigations, prosecutions, offenders and witnesses in criminal proceedings and the protection of persons involved in investigations or proceedings;
  • provides for the implementation of certain international obligations relating to criminal matters;
  • makes further provision for combating crime and disorder, including new provision about powers of arrest and search warrants and about parental compensation orders;
  • makes further provision about the police and policing and persons supporting the police;
  • makes provision for protecting certain organisations from interference with their activities;
  • makes provision about criminal records;

This Act sets out how SOCA co-operates with the police, intelligence agencies, HM Revenue & Customs, financial regulators, international partners & many others. Immunity notices and reductions in sentence for assisting offenders (i.e. offenders willing to turn Queen’s evidence) are provided for, and the Act contains provisions relating to the protection of witnesses, law enforcement officers, jurors, judges, magistrates, prosecutors and their staff. It also covers informants or sources.