Economic Crime Command Director appointed to the National Crime Agency

24 January 2014

The National Crime Agency has appointed a new Director of its Economic Crime Command.
Donald Toon, who was HM Revenue and Customs' Director of Criminal Investigation, was appointed on 22 January 2014 following an open competition.

Donald started his career in law enforcement in 1990 joining the then HM Customs & Excise and has worked in criminal investigation, enforcement policy and operational management for more than 20 years. Donald has been HMRC’s Criminal Investigation Director since 2011.

NCA Director General Keith Bristow said: “This is a key leadership role in the NCA, and Donald was the outstanding candidate from a really strong field. Donald has worked in law enforcement for almost 25 years and will draw on his experience to lead collective law enforcement effort in identifying and tackling threats from economic crime impacting on the UK. We are delighted to welcome him to our senior team.”

The Home Secretary said: “Tackling economic crime is a key part of the government’s Serious and Organised Crime Strategy and I congratulate Donald Toon on his appointment.  Working with others in the law enforcement community and the financial sector, the NCA is relentlessly pursuing those who prey on the vulnerable and profit from crime.”

ECC Director Donald Toon said: “I am very happy to be joining the National Crime Agency. I see huge opportunities to improve the UK’s response to tackling Economic Crime and am very much looking forward to the challenge.”
The role of Director of ECC has been filled by Trevor Pearce CBE QPM on an interim basis.

Keith Bristow added: “During his time as interim Director of the ECC Trevor has provided continuity and leadership through the transition into the NCA to relentlessly pursue and disrupt economic crime. Trevor will now take up his post as Director of Operations.”

The Economic Crime Command's role is to cut economic crime by disrupting criminal activity and educating those most at risk of attack. It coordinates activity, shares intelligence and knowledge with partners, disrupting criminal activity, and seizing assets to:

Pursue anyone committing economic crime against UK victims.
Prevent and deter people from engaging in economic crime.
Protect and educate the public and businesses.
Prepare and work with the private sector to ensure a thorough understanding of the cause and effect of economic crime.

The new Director joins the NCA Board. 

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