centralizes and analyzes disclosures of suspicious activity (approximately 100,000 disclosures were received in 2003, 95 percent of which were from reporting institutions, with the rest from national financial investigation and intelligence units and foreign FIUs);
provides consent to carry out reported suspicious transactions under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (may withhold consent for up to seven days);
analyzes and disseminates reports and witness statements (with documentation) on money laundering in prosecutions and on request;
keeps a centralized database on money laundering in the United Kingdom;
participates in the preparation of indicators for the recognition of suspicious transactions;
trains other law-enforcement officials and supervisors; and
publishes statistical data on money laundering and informs the public about money laundering and other threats.