Economic Crime Academy delivers new bribery investigation course to FBI and police forces in Australia and Canada

Economic Crime Academy delivers new bribery investigation course to FBI and police forces in Australia and Canada

19 October 2018

  • The new bribery course was developed by the Economic Crime Academy and is being delivered both nationally and internationally 
  • Most recently, it was delivered to members of the FBI, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the Australian Federal Police 
  • The course gives delegates an understanding of the international bribery landscape and how to effectively manage investigations
  • The five day course has been delivered on 10 occasions to over 159 delegates so far

The City of London Police’s Economic Crime Academy (ECA) recently delivered a new bribery investigation course to several police forces and agencies from across the globe.

Members of the FBI, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and the National Crime Agency (NCA) were among those who attended – all of whom are part of the International Bribery Task Force (IFBT)*.

Developed by the ECA’s Deputy Director Mike Betts to be in line with UK Ministry of Justice’s (MOJ) Bribery Act 2010 Guidance, and delivered by experts across different sectors of law enforcement, the unique new course gives delegates knowledge of the international bribery landscape, and how to effectively manage investigations of this nature. 

Delegates are also made to consider the practical considerations of bribery; how it occurs, who the highest risk employees and agents are, the motivations behind bribery and the common steps that offenders use to conceal their acts.

The five day course has been delivered on 10 occasions to over 159 delegates so far, and as well as staff from the FBI, the RMCP, the AFP and the NCA, there have also been representatives from a wide range of UK law enforcement agencies, including the Home Office forces. 

It has been well received and one delegate who attended the course said: “Overall a brilliant course, I highly recommend it. I will be speaking to my management when I get back to have this training for all my unit.” 

The Economic Crime Academy’s Programme Administration Manager Glenn Goodwin, said: 

“Mike Betts and I really enjoyed delivering this course. They were a group of highly experienced investigators with an impressive range of knowledge and experience – we all learned from one another. 

“We’re really pleased with the feedback we received. This course demonstrates the City of London Police’s unique contribution to countering international bribery.” 

Notes to editors

* The International Bribery Task Force was established by the City of London Police Overseas Anti-Corruption Unit, the FBI, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the Australian Federal Police. The IFBT provides a platform for information sharing and cooperation on cross-border anti-corruption investigations. The members meet annually to share investigative techniques, methodologies and best practices.

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