The International Corruption Unit (ICU) investigates international bribery and corruption and related money laundering offences.
The main functions of the ICU are to investigate:
The ICU also traces and recovers the proceeds of international corruption
Other functions of the ICU include:
The ICU is supported by the Department for International Development as part of its goal to reduce the poverty caused by corruption. However, the ICU remit is not limited to developing countries.
The ICU was created in May 2015 as part of the UK Anti Corruption Plan, combining the remits of the Metropolitan Police Proceeds of Corruption Unit, the City of London Police Overseas Anti-Corruption Unit and elements of the NCA Economic Crime Command.
For advice on reporting bribery and corruption offences, or if you have questions about the law enforcement approach to international corruption, please email the ICU:
You can also report possible bribery and corruption offences to us using our ‘default ICU Reporting Form’ (36 KB).
PLEASE NOTE: The ICU doesn’t accept reports of crime other than bribery or corruption. Please report crime to your local police, or visit the NCA’s ‘Contact us’ page for alternative contacts.
The ICU does not investigate allegations or complaints against NCA members of staff. If your query relates to a NCA member of staff, please visit our complaints page.