NCA Specials, we're more like consultants. I am an official NCA officer so I have all same the opportunities that a full-time NCA officer does.
I get my 9 to 5 job which is a mixture of technical stuff and death by powerpoint and then I get to come here and do stuff that you'd never get to do anywhere outside of law enforcement. And you get a cool badge...
You can't always get the skills or the people that you need and the Specials programme is ideal for that. It gives the opportunity for people to give back the experience they learn in the private sector.
The majority of my time is spent problem solving, whether it's for a project, an operation, they'll talk to me about it, I may offer suggestions. I give training sometimes, so I train the guys on open source intelligence techniques and tools.
A lot of what I do is helping the NCA build their intelligence capabilities around cyber. You start with a small piece of information and then you need to build a picture. So when you're talking about criminal infrastructure you may have an email address or a domain for a website, but you need to know who owns that website. You're taking the piece of information you have and trying to build some context around that to find out more information. From that you can liaise with other law enforcement agencies around the world to take down the bad guys.
The people here are awesome. The work you do is challenging and rewarding and it was nice to be able to do something for the community but in a much bigger scheme.
I enjoy it. It's fun, in it's own crazy, crazy way.