National Authorities

United Kingdom: Border Force

Border Force officers are the front line in protecting the country. The top priority is security at the border and this extends to both passengers and goods. Each year, more than 200 million people cross the border and hundreds of billons of pounds worth of goods are imported and exported. Border Force employs more than 7,000 people and uses advanced technology and intelligence to secure the United Kingdom’s border and protect national interest. Border Force plays a vital role in delivering the Home Office priorities: to control immigration and reduce net migration; cut crime; protect the UK from the threat of terrorism; and contribute to the nation’s growth and prosperity. Using skill, expertise and a range of techniques and technology, Border Force staff: Prevent and detect illegal migration, organised crime, including the smuggling of drugs, weapons and people; Play a vital role in protecting security by identifying and preventing entry of individuals or materials that could pose a threat to the UK; Protect the country’s revenue by seizing tobacco and alcohol for Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs where duty has not been paid; and Facilitate access of legitimate visitors and trade the UK welcomes and who will contribute to the UK economy.
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