Training of Trainers for Financial Investigation to Ensure Sustainability and Progression of Skills

The second in a series of trainings related to Financial Crimes Investigations, that took place from 9 to 20 May 2016 in the Training Center in Idrizovo, had a particular focus on training of future trainers. Seven participants from senior managerial level at the Public Security Bureau that have already partaken in teaching skills courses have been identified.

“Sustainability is essential for the continuation of ‘best practice’ in the PSB investigation of financial crimes. The training of trainers incorporates both local and global consequence of crimes, such as corruption, drug trafficking, human trafficking and money laundering. The international training dimension is the progression of skills of the trainers, who will then pass it on through the cascade approach to regional and district levels,” said Dr. Sam Sittlington, Expert in charge of developing the curriculum and conveying the Financial Investigations training.

The subjects that have been covered are referring to: the historical perspective of financial crimes, the concept of financial investigation, what is money laundering, financial profiling, case management, and Standard Operating Procedures for financial investigations. Developing investigation strategies and preventative policies are also part of the curriculum.

Each module that will be later used by the trained trainers incorporates practical exercises, case studies, presentations and opportunities for questions and discussion. Trainers will be tasked to bring awareness of financial investigation tools in the investigation of money laundering and abuse of EU funds.They will also have the opportunity to evolve during the course of their tenure to new topics and new trainers being introduced periodically, in order to keep abreast of new typologies and methods in financial and economiccrime investigation techniques.

Training of trainers is one of the fundamental activities of the project “Further Institution and Capacity Building of the Police Service in the Area of Border Management, Community Policing and Fight against Organized Crime”. This particular component is designed to allow sustainability of training in financial investigation for the PSB sectors involved in financial crime investigations. As financial investigation and financial crime is an intricate part of all predicate crime investigations of all police branches, the training is extended to cover all sectors that assist investigations.

The basic training courses that will be conducted by the seven trained senior police officials will commence in June at four locations: Veles, Skopje, Ohrid and Bitola.

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