2 Italian men have been jailed for 24 years for an attempted £13 million cocaine importation at Dover.
Thirteen endangered iguanas have been seized by Border Force officers at Heathrow.
A man from Birmingham has been jailed for eight years after Border Force officers at Gatwick Airport caught him trying to smuggle cocaine into the...
Border Force officers based in Coquelles, have prevented 48 stowaways from entering the UK hidden in the back of a refrigerated lorry.
Detector dog for Border Force has stopped an estimated 220kg of cocaine from reaching UK streets.
- published 7 March 2014
- News story
- updated 3 March 2014
- published 3 March 2014
What we do
Border Force is a law enforcement command within the Home Office. We secure the UK border by carrying out immigration and customs controls for people and goods entering the UK.
Border Force was formed on 1 March 2012 as a law enforcement command within the Home Office. Border Force secures the border and promotes national prosperity by facilitating the legitimate movement of individuals and goods, whilst preventing those that would cause harm from entering the UK. This is achieved through the immigration and customs checks carried out by our staff at ports and airports.
We are responsible for:
- checking the immigration status of people arriving in and departing the UK
- searching baggage, vehicles and cargo for illicit goods or illegal immigrants
- patrolling the UK coastline and searching vessels
- gathering intelligence
- alerting the police and security services to people of interest
In 2012 to 2013 our priorities are to:
- deter and prevent individuals and goods that would harm the national interests from entering the UK
- facilitate the legitimate movement of individuals and trade to and from the UK
- protect and collect customs revenues for trade crossing the border
- provide excellent service to customers
- provide demonstrable effectiveness, efficiency and value for money
Who we are
Border Force officers work at 140 sea and air ports across the UK and overseas. We are led by Director General Sir Charles Montgomery, who is supported by Mandie Campbell, Chief Operating Officer, Gary Downes, Director of Border Systems, and Julie Taylor, Director of Strategy and Change.
- 7 March 2014
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- 21 February 2014
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- 4 June 2013
- 23 May 2013
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