One of Britain’s top organized crime gangsters has been suspended over allegations of misconduct.
Nicki Holland, Those of the National Criminal Investigation Agency Investigator, said to face lawsuits alleging data breaches, bullying and misuse of funds.
An internal complaint is understood to have led the NCA – dubbed Britain’s FBI – to escalate the allegations to the IOPC two weeks ago.
A source described the allegations, including against a junior officer, as “complex.”
They added: “They are being treated with the utmost seriousness and have understandably caused shock and dismay within the agency.”
One allegation is believed to relate to a blue emergency light on an NCA car, which at the time was being used for personal, non-professional reasons.
Ms Holland joined the NCA five years ago after 28 years with Merseyside Police.
The mother-of-one is credited with helping change the agency’s fortunes and turning the tide in the war against serious organized crime.
She led the Operation Venetian Response to EncroChat phone cracking which has resulted in thousands of crime lords being rounded up.
In addition to leading investigations, she directs the country’s law enforcement response to drug trafficking in the county lines.
She also has overall responsibility for all firearms operations and strategy in the United Kingdom.
The IOPC confirmed in a statement: “The NCA has suspended both officers from duty pending investigation.
“It would not be appropriate for us to comment further while this investigation is ongoing.”
Ms Holland was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal in the 2019 New Year’s Honours.
A former colleague said: “She is a brilliant officer.”
The NCA declined to comment on the investigation.
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