A day in the life of a serious crime analyst
Feature article - 9 Oct 2013
The life of a serious crime analyst at GCHQ is never dull. Whether it involves uncovering and following human trafficking networks, or protecting online public services from cyber criminals, each day brings new challenges and opportunities.
Working with law enforcement partners, a serious crime analyst can have a real impact on a range of criminal threats to the UK. They may do this by tracking a concealed shipment of Class A drugs as it makes its way to the UK in a shipping container, working against the clock with law enforcement to have it stopped before it reaches the streets. Or by identifying a gang working on an online scam to get hold of credit card details and collaborating with law enforcement to prevent financial fraud against UK persons or businesses.
All of our work, however, stems from a core mission of protecting the public and reducing harm to the UK.
The Intelligence Services Act 1994 (ISA) authorises GCHQ to support UK law enforcement in preventing and detecting serious crime, usually when traditional law enforcement methods of gathering intelligence are unsuitable.
GCHQ focuses on criminal threats from overseas, rather than domestic threats. By doing so GCHQ plays a key role in Government efforts to reduce the damage caused by serious and organised crime. Our dedicated serious crime analysts are proud of their role, and the real-world differences they make on a daily basis to the security of the UK.