company logo

Accredited Financial Investigator – Civil Recovery Team (CRT)

Post Title: Various posts - Accredited Financial Investigator – Civil Recovery Team (CRT) Type of contract: Substantive Rank/Grade: E Directorate/Department: Specialist Operations Vet

Post Title: Various posts – Accredited Financial Investigator – Civil Recovery Team (CRT)

Type of contract: Substantive

Rank/Grade: E

Directorate/Department: Specialist Operations

Vetting level required: MV/SC: Please note if at the time of selection, you do not have the appropriate level of vetting you will need to undergo the vetting process, which will determine whether you can move to the role if selected.

Location: Guildhall Yard East, London

Salary: Salary range: £35,340 – £40,620 plus London Weighting £6,710

Description of CoLP:

The City of London Police is unique among forces. As the national lead for fraud investigation, its influence extends far beyond the Square Mile, with investigations currently active throughout the U.K and internationally. It also serves the thriving and diverse community that lives and works within the country’s leading business and financial centre.

Description of Department:

The Asset Recovery Team (ART) take the benefit of crime away from offenders, returning lost cash to victims and using some seized assets to invest in strengthening crime reduction and victim support capabilities. The Unit provides specialist Financial Investigation support for City of London in the restraint, confiscation, enforcement and realisation of the proceeds of crime that have been identified as criminal assets. The financial investigators (FIs) utilise both criminal and civil powers including the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (POCA). The capability of FIs is a valuable asset for use in live investigation and the provision of detailed financial intelligence that can significantly aid the disruption of serious crime.

There are a number of different proceedings and financial tools available to law enforcement to identify and recover criminal assets.

It is the responsibility of ART primarily to conduct financial investigations into the derivation of suspects assets on behalf of CoLP Directorates. The intention is to prove that monies are proceeds of crime (civil standard), in order to forfeit monies at Magistrates Court or to be used for the purposes of a confiscation.

The ART also runs alongside the Lifetime Offender Management (LOM) team, to ensure that we remove assets from serious criminals and then ensure that their offending behaviour is either reduced/removed or, through effective order management, that it is detected at an early stage.

Purpose of the Role:

You will be part of a newly formed team of Detective Constables and civilian Accredited Financial Investigators on a dedicated Civil Recovery Team (CRT) using powers under part 5 of POCA 2002 and the Criminal Finances Act 2017.

This team has been specifically created to deny criminals their assets in two distinct ways;

  • Through CPS led civil recovery investigations in the High Court, where the team will perform actions on behalf of the CPS
  • Through CoLP led civil recovery investigations, where officers/AFIs will lead the investigations

If you want to be an important part of the fight against serious and organised crime this is the job for you. You will work closely with the other arms of the Asset Recovery Team, such as the DAML SARs team, the Lifetime Offender Management Unit as well as in-force intelligence development teams, to achieve the best outcomes.

The role has the following responsibilities:

  • To assist in building single strand intelligence into a viable job for civil recovery.
  • Liaise with the CPS CRT POC regularly, developing clear lines of communication.
  • Conducting research on police and NCA indices, producing reports for CPS/Counsel on CPS led matters.
  • Conducting international enquiries using the UKFIU, Interpol, Europol, foreign embassies and via US officers at CoLP and CoLP officers in the US.

The role will also require you to bring your knowledge, skills, and ideas to the team to proactively assist criminal investigations, build stakeholder relationships and ensure that CoLP maximise asset denial opportunities.

Essential Criteria – including the behaviours that will be tested at application/interview:

  • An understanding of Proceeds of Crime Act and Criminal Finances Act legislation
  • The willingness to evolve and learn emerging areas of the financial investigation/asset recovery business (cryptocurrency, civil recoveries, etc)

Types of Qualification(s) needed:

  • PIP level 2 qualified (for DCs)
  • Substantive Detective Constable

Desirable Criteria (If applicable):

  • POCC accreditation (FIO/FI/Confiscator)
  • Knowledge and understanding of cryptocurrencies and how to investigate them
  • Understanding, experience and access to various intelligence systems
  • OSINT aware/trained

The application and interview will be tested under Level 2 of the College of Policing Competency and Values Framework.

Innovative & Open Minded

please give an example of where you have used and encouraged fresh ideas to ensure opportunities for improvement are optimised?

Ownership – Financial Investigator, please provide an example of where you have recognised that you can help others and willingly take on additional tasks to support them, where appropriate.

We are emotionally aware

Please give an example of a time when you havetreated others with respect, tolerance and compassion.

Applicants who fail to address the skills/knowledge/experience of the job description will not be considered .

If you would like to discuss the post in more detail, please contact DI Kieran Backhouse on email kieran.backhouse@cityoflondon.police.uk

The closing date for applications is 2359hrs 05/02/2023

This vacancy is open only to those who have the right to work in the UK.

The City of London Police is keen to promote flexible working and will, subject to operational policing requirements, proactively consider all applications to work flexibly after 26 weeks of service is completed.

The City of London Police is committed to equal opportunities and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

Leave a Reply