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Financial Investigator

Employer
PSNI
Location
UK
Salary
Competitive
Closing date
26 Jun 2022

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Sector
Accountancy
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
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Financial Investigator

The Financial Investigator will investigate, restrain and confiscate assets from persons who are suspected of benefiting from criminal offences. The role holder will conduct cash seizure investigations through to forfeiture and progress through the judicial process. In addition, the Financial Investigator will provide information and advice to the organisation with regard to the Proceeds of Crime Act and the financial investigation process.

Hours of Work: Monday - Friday, normally between 8am - 5pm, with a requirement to work outside office hours when necessary to meet the demands of the role.

37 working hours per week (42 hours gross)

Salary: £32,328 - £33,459

Main Activities:

* Identifying money laundering offences, conducting money laundering investigations and obtaining evidence of financial crime to support investigations into organised crime.

* Conducting financial enquiries to assist other police investigations, for example, missing persons.

* Analysing financial material relating to confiscation investigations to target criminal assets. Collating and evaluating findings, and making recommendations to identify criminal benefit, assets, financial crime etc.

* Seizing cash from persons and premises and investigating the derivation of the cash and/or its intended purpose. Making formal written and verbal applications for the detention and forfeiture of the cash at court.

* Interpreting Proceeds of Crime related legislation and case law and relating the legislation to practical execution in investigations and court preparation.

* Checking ownership details for premises to be searched, assisting in the searching (role holder named on search warrant) and providing advice to police officers with regard to the seizure of financial related material and cash.

* Obtaining Search Warrants, Court Orders and other forms of authority in order to gather evidence and financial information from financial institutions, government departments and the business community, including professional bodies.

* Planning, conducting, and accurately recording interviews with suspects (where permitted) to comply with the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984.

* Complying with constraints imposed by the Human Rights Act 1998.

* Presenting evidence to court to support criminal prosecutions and subsequent confiscation proceedings and hearings.

* Obtaining and monitoring Financial Reporting Orders.

* Liaising with courts and the prosecution service to ensure cases are accurately progressed, including providing verbal confirmation of factual information to High Court and Crown Court Judges.

* Writing and submitting statements of information, witness statements, briefing documents, affidavits and reports to police officers, Prosecution Services' Counsel and other Law Enforcement agencies.

* Attending meetings within the organisation, and also with external departments, agencies, private companies, professionals and members of the public, in order to promote awareness of financial crime and prevention techniques.

* Maintaining liaison and building partnerships within the Police Service and with external agencies including Serious Organised Crime Agency, Public Prosecution Service, other police services, Northern Ireland Civil Service departments, Financial Institutions and Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs.

* Using computer databases and software applications to manage and develop the investigations, and maintaining accurate case management, document logs, policy logs and case activity records in relation to investigations.

* Mentoring staff to increase knowledge base, build confidence and to improve effectiveness within existing roles

The duties and responsibilities outlined reflect the main elements of those associated with this position. It is not intended to be exclusive or exhaustive.

Person Specification

Essential Qualifications:

Current full accreditation as a Financial Investigator/Financial Intelligence Officer or previously fully accredited within the last three years.

Essential Experience, Skills and Knowledge

A minimum of 2 years' experience conducting financial investigations, including:

* Practical experience of criminal and civil legislation e.g. Fraud Act, Theft Act, Social Securities Act, Freedom of Information Act, Human Rights Act etc.

* Practical application of anti-money laundering regulations and industry guidance.

* Gathering and analysing financial information from a range of sources.

* Conducting financial investigative interviews and providing financial investigative recommendations.

* Briefing others on financial investigation outcomes/results.

* Developing and maintaining effective working relationships with internal and external stakeholders.

Essential Other

* Applicants must have a valid driving licence and a car available for official business use, or access to a form of personal transport that will enable you to meet the requirements of the post in full.

* IT literate specifically in the use of the Microsoft Office suite (including MS Word, MS PowerPoint, MS Excel and MS Outlook)

Successful applicants may on occasion be required to travel outside of Northern Ireland for business purposes.

Short listing will be carried out based on essential criteria.

Successful applicants will be retained on a merit list for future Financial Investigator opportunities arising within the organisation.

Competency and Values Based Assessment

Values

* Integrity

Competencies - Level 2

* We analyse critically

* We are collaborative

* We take ownership

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