Financial Investigator

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

Role Purpose

To provide input, advice and support to those managing live incidents and investigations involving a financial element, gathering intelligence. To conduct proactive/reactive specialist financial investigations.

Key Accountabilities

• Support the development of financial investigation plans and agree expectations for how financial intelligence can support investigations in conjunction with Senior Investigation Officers to achieve clarity on joint objectives.
• Undertake the gathering, recording and sanitising of financial intelligence in accordance with the applicable intelligence models and the Criminal Procedure and Investigations Act 1996 to support ongoing investigations.
• Interrogate specialist databases, networks and other on-line tools such as; Investigate Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs) reports, in accordance with protocols, to support ongoing investigations.
• Produce criminal files and court files, using applicable case file management standards, guidance and legislation, to support a prosecution.
• Interview witnesses and suspects to obtain financial intelligence to assist with identifying financial crime and the proceeds of crime.
• Use Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 and associated legislation, specialist gateways and external agencies to develop intelligence packages for use in financial and other investigations.
• Use investigative tools and undertake the search, seizure and detention of cash, preparing applications for warrants and orders using the relevant legislation to prevent criminals from profiting from the proceeds of crime.
• Prepare relevant material on money laundering and financial dealings for disclosure, in liaison with Crown prosecutors when necessary to support investigations.
• Share best practice on financial investigation and building cases 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:
• Knowledge of search and seizure powers under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984.
• Successful completion of applicable entry training.
• Attend and pass a Financial Investigator’s course run by the National Crime Agency.
• Currently hold National Crime Agency accreditation or registration as a Financial Investigator.
• Must have a good understanding of the NCA Registration, accreditation and monitoring policy.

• 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 write 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 proactively enhance efficiency and/or effectiveness and introduce new ways of working and innovation within own area of work.
• Able to break down a straightforward problem into component parts and determine appropriate action.
• Able to interpret and apply guidance to a specific activity.
• Able to work effectively in a team to achieve shared objectives, demonstrating awareness of individual differences and providing support as required
• 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.
• Able to review own performance objectively and to take steps to maintain and enhance competence and professional standards appropriate to their role.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

• Keep up to date with new approaches to evidence based policing and financial intelligence gathering 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 College Guidance relevant to your core duties.
• Undertake and complete all requirements for the maintenance of accreditation as a financial investigator as per National Crime Agency requirements.

Professional Registration/Licenses

• National Crime Agency accreditation or registration as a Financial Investigator.

Links to other Profiles

• Financial Intelligence Officer.
• Financial Investigator (Confiscator).

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