A FORMER leading West Yorkshire policeman has been appointed head of the new `British FBI'.
Bill Hughes, who spent six years in West Yorkshire, has been chosen to head the new FBI-style agency, which will target organised and serious crime.
The new agency is the Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca). Mr Hughes will lead 5,000 officers tackling drug gangs, people traffickers and internet paedophiles.
The 53-year-old was appointed director general of the National Crime Squad in January, 2001.
During the last year his squad has removed 33,000 kilograms of drugs from Britain's streets and seized more than £3.7m of criminal assets.
Mr Hughes made it his personal goal to stop corruption within the police force. Within four months of starting at the NCS he expelled 61 allegedly corrupt officers.
He was Assistant Chief Constable in West Yorkshire between 1991 and 1997.
Home Secretary David Blunkett said: "Mr Hughes has a proven career in the police service and in managing the police response to serious and organised crime."
Mr Hughes will be paid up to £150,000 per year when the new agency - a merger of the NCS, the National Intelligence Service and Customs and Excise - starts work by April, 2006.