Financial Investigator (Confiscator)

Job Family Investigation
Job Sub Family Financial Crime
Code SD-INV-FICR-Financial Investigator (Confiscator) v1.0

Role Purpose

To determine, through investigation, the financial benefits of a person’s criminal actions with a view to an order being made for the recoverable amount, including, where appropriate, the confiscation of financial assets. Ensuring that investigative procedures are in line with legislation to ensure convicted offenders do not retain any financial benefit from their crimes.

Key Accountabilities

• Undertake investigations into financial assets of convicted offenders to determine the nature of any benefits gained as a result of their criminality.
• Interview suspects and witnesses to obtain information on financial gains made through crime to support recovery of the proceeds of crime.
• Undertake the recording and sanitising of financial intelligence in accordance with the applicable intelligence models and the Criminal Procedure and Investigations Act 1996 to support confiscation cases.
• Prepare, manage and complete, as planned, the confiscation of financial assets procedures in line with legislation to ensure the financial benefits of crime are recouped.
• Use Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 together with data from information databases and external agencies to ensure confiscation orders are successfully applied.
• Engage with specialist support and other specialist colleagues to identify financial assets as part of the confiscation investigation.
• Share best practice on financial investigation and building cases for confiscation of assets in Force, regionally and nationally to aid collaboration and promoting use of financial investigation practices in mainstream policing investigations where appropriate and continuous improvement in policing more widely.


All roles are expected to know, understand and act within the ethics and values of the Police Service.

The Competency and Values Framework (CVF) has six competencies that are clustered into three groups. Under each competency are three levels that show what behaviours will look like in practice.

It is suggested that this role should be operating or working towards the following levels of the CVF:

Resolute, compassionate and committed

Inclusive, enabling and visionary leadership

Intelligent, creative and informed policing

Education, Qualifications, Skills and Experience

Prior education and experience:

• Successful completion of applicable entry training.

• Knowledge of search and seizure powers under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984.

• Experience of conducting investigations into money laundering.

• Attend and pass a Financial Investigator and Confiscator course run by the National Crime Agency


• Able to set out logical arguments clearly, adapting language, form and message to meet the varied needs of differing situations, individuals, groups and communities.

• Able to produce concise reports or other documents.

• Ability to prepare and present case material to an acceptable standard including recording and retaining material.

• Skilled in the use of standard IT packages, systems and/or databases to fulfil role requirements.

• Able to use resources efficiently in own role and to comply with financial rules and procedures.

• Able to identify potential opportunities to proactive enhance efficiency and/or effectiveness and introduce new ways of working and innovation within own area of work.

• Able to analyse information and intelligence and break down a problem into component parts to determine appropriate action.

• Able to appropriately prioritise and plan own work and to work effectively.

• Able to proactively develop effective working relationships with colleagues, partners and others.

• Ability to plan, apply and evaluate different policing approaches alongside partner agencies and organisations, working with them effectively.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

• Keep up to date with new approaches to evidence based policing, financial intelligence gathering, money laundering, confiscation of assets and court procedures.

• Maintain a working knowledge of how technological advances might facilitate offenders in committing crimes.

• Complete all annual and mandatory training as required.

• Keep up to date with national guidance relevant to your core duties.

• Undertake and complete all requirements for the maintenance of accreditation as a financial investigator

Professional Registration/Licenses

• National Crime Agency (NCA) Financial Investigator and Confiscator accreditation or registration.

Links to other Profiles

Financial Investigator
Financial Intelligence Officer

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