What we do

The Home Office leads on immigration and passports, drugs policy, crime policy and counter-terrorism and works to ensure visible, responsive and accountable policing in the UK.

The Home Office is the lead government department for immigration and passports, drugs policy, crime, counter-terrorism and police.

Responsibilities

We are responsible for:

  • working on the problems caused by illegal drug use
  • shaping the alcohol strategy, policy and licensing conditions
  • keeping the United Kingdom safe from the threat of terrorism
  • reducing and preventing crime, and ensuring people feel safe in their homes and communities
  • securing the UK border and controlling immigration
  • considering applications to enter and stay in the UK
  • issuing passports and visas
  • supporting visible, responsible and accountable policing by empowering the public and freeing up the police to fight crime

Priorities

In 2012 and 2013, our priorities are to:

  • empower the public to hold the police to account for their role in cutting crime
  • free up the police to fight crime more effectively and efficiently
  • create a more integrated criminal justice system
  • secure our borders and reduce immigration
  • protect people’s freedoms and civil liberties
  • protect our citizens from terrorism

Who we are

Our main offices are based in London, but we also have staff based around the country.

We are supported by a number of agencies and public bodies.

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