Financial crimes, money laundering, abuse of EU funds, terrorist financing, are only few of the topics incorporated in the advanced training for financial crimes investigation, that took place this week in the Police Training Center in Idrizovo, in frames of the “Further Institution and Capacity Building of the Police Service” project, funded by the EU. This is the first of the series of basic and advanced trainings for financial crimes investigation that will be organized throughout the country from March to September.
The advanced trainings cover around 60 participants - heads of organizational units and investigators coming from different sectors within the Public Security Bureau: the Financial Crime Sector, Corruption Unit, Illegal Drugs Trafficking Unit and Covert Human Sources of Intelligence Unit.
Besides the top-notch international experts in the field, Mr. Sam Sittlington and Mr. David Churchill from Great Britain, the training plan envisioned for several sessions to be held by representatives of the institutions directly involved in the investigation process – the Financial Intelligence Unit, the Public Revenue Office and the Public Prosecutor’s Office.
The training is based on practical exercises and case studies that will allow investigators to make precise decisions on case management, to expand their knowledge on money laundering typologies and financial profiling, asset identification and calculation of assets for confiscation, as well as for developing investigation strategies and preventative policies. One of the training modules focus on terrorist financing investigations with an aim to provide trainees with understanding on how meticulous scene examination and financial investigation techniques can be used to identify and trace movements of terrorists. Through the use of examples trainees should also be able to identify when forensic accountants could be used and the valuable contribution they can make.
As soon as the advanced trainings are completed, the trained police officers will take on the responsibility of leading and conducting basic trainings in financial crimes investigations. Total of 8 basic trainings will be organized in Kumanovo, Tetovo, Bitola, Strumica, Ohrid, Skopje, Stip and Veles, and each will cover 25 to 30 police officers whose work and experience are related to detecting financial crimes and leading investigations.
By the end of the training cycle, over 250 police officers will be trained on the use of methodologies and techniques for conducting financial crimes investigation according to the best EU practices.