You will be serving the public and this should be at the forefront of everything you do. So first and foremost, your personal integrity is paramount – you will need to be truthful with colleagues and our partners and have a high level of personal accountability.

Not everyone can work for the NCA, the world it operates in means NCA employees have to meet certain standards.

The NCA encourages a dynamic and diverse workforce that seeks to represent the communities it serves. We welcome applications from everyone irrespective of gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation or disability.

Take a look at the below NCA guidance to see whether you meet those standards:

  • The NCA has zero tolerance on illegal drugs and you should not apply for a role with us if you have taken illegal drugs in the last 12 months.
  • All applicants must achieve national security clearance as part of the recruitment process. An existing national security clearance is not required but successful candidates will be expected to achieve a minimum of SC clearance.
  • The NCA values its reputation. To mitigate against possible reputational damage, checks will be conducted on your online activities to ensure they are compatible with the values of the NCA, and do not place either the organisation or employees at risk nor cause you to be vulnerable to coercion, exploitation, or pressure.
  • If you have ANY spent or unspent criminal convictions for any offence including all cautions and bindovers your application will not be progressed. This does not include minor traffic offences, for example, those dealt with by way of a fixed penalty.
  • The post for which you have applied is NOT protected by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (1974). You MUST disclose if you have a criminal conviction or cautions, including those that are spent.
  • NCA employees are Civil Servants and as such are required to meet Civil Service Nationality standards. The NCA will only appoint nationals from the UK, the Republic of Ireland, the Commonwealth, and the European Economic Area (EEA). In addition to this applicants must have held UK residency for 3 of the last 5 years.

Potentially compromising associations

What is a Potentially Compromising Individual?

A Potentially Compromising Individual (PCI) is any person who might pose a risk to the integrity of a member of NCA staff, by way of an inappropriate association. Association with certain individuals or groups has the potential to compromise staff or the Agency. Certain categories of people such as those with a criminal record are an obvious case in point, but there are other less clearly defined examples who may pose a significant risk, such as investigative journalists, or private investigators.

Why do PCIs pose a risk?

All NCA staff will be required to perform their duties impartially and in accordance with the agency's culture, identity and values. It is essential that members of the NCA are not compromised in any way as a result of inappropriate contact with an individual who may have a negative influence, or seek to exploit any relationship, or whose association may not be compatible with a member of staff's role within the NCA. Staff may come into contact with PCIs in a range of circumstances, e.g. through family links, professional and social contacts and chance meetings. The majority of risks are managed within the reporter's place of work.

Examples of a PCI:

  • A person with criminal convictions or cautions (This would not include minor motoring offences);
  • A person subject to a criminal investigation;
  • A person engaged in criminal activity;
  • Private Investigators (This is not of itself an unlawful occupation but its nature does increase the risk of compromise through its networks and former colleagues who may seek to elicit information);
  • Investigative Journalists (could also include any writer, author or broadcaster who might benefit from illegitimate access to law enforcement information);
  • Persons or companies engaged in providing services or training in law enforcement techniques (People in this industry may seek to gain up-to-date information on sensitive law enforcement techniques);
  • Suspended law enforcement officers;
  • A person dismissed or required to resign from any law enforcement organisation;
  • A person dismissed or resigned from any organisation amid accusations of corruption;
  • Former law enforcement officers now working as legal clerks or legal investigators (If an individual or former colleague is acting for solicitors representing an accused, then association with that person could place the officer in a compromising position);
  • Persons or companies engaged in the private security industry (This could include providing personal protection or intelligence gathering services);
  • Persons engaged in extremist political activity (for example groups advocating violence or other unlawful activity, or expressing racist, sexist or homophobic views);
  • Persons engaged in the use or distribution of illegal substances (This is an unlawful activity and association is inappropriate);
  • Persons engaged in the distribution or use of steroids (This activity is associated with some gym cultures. Steroid abuse is detrimental to health and could bring officers into contact with criminals and unlawful activity);
  • Any person related or closely linked to anyone in the above categories (Close relatives or friends of any of those in the above categories could by association draw an officer into an inappropriate relationship).