Economic Crime Academy plans fraud training for detectives in Angola following visit

Economic Crime Academy plans fraud training for detectives in Angola following visit

21 March 2019

In February 2019, officers from the City of London Police’s Economic Crime Academy (ECA) travelled to the Republic of Angola to discuss what fraud training the country needed in order to support their current national anti-corruption plan.

Detective Sergeant Ian Sales and Detective Constable David Aldous were guests of the Ministry of Interior in the country’s capital Luanda and met with the British Ambassador Jessica Hand, as well as key government stakeholders and representatives from the World Bank and United Nations Development Programme.

During the course of their week-long visit, DS Sales and DC Aldous carried out a learning needs analysis into the country’s existing counter fraud capabilities, and identified areas where it can be developed.

In addition to members of government, they also spoke with detectives who dealt with fraud cases and discussed what ECA training would be most effective and beneficial for them and other law enforcement agencies.

The ECA’s visit was arranged following an investigation by the National Crime Agency (NCA), in collaboration with Angolan authorities, into an alleged $500m fraud against the country’s central bank. The NCA provided information to Angolan authorities about the ECA, and the training it provides, which led to their initial contact.

Following the visit, the ECA is now collating the information they gathered in order to draw up a comprehensive learning needs analysis report, which may result in officers travelling back to Angola in summer 2019 to deliver a series of fraud training courses, though nothing has been confirmed at this stage.

DS Ian Sales, of the City of London’s Economic Crime Academy, said:

“The trip was very successful and well organised, with a week of structured meetings and discussions. We had the opportunity to understand the training requirements of Angolan law enforcement and local authorities, which will help us support the country’s strategic plan to combat and prevent corruption.

“The meetings were well attended and the discussions were open and honest. Although it was evident that there are challenges ahead, there was also excitement at the prospect of a real opportunity to improve the country’s record of corruption, which currently ranks 167th among 180 countries on the corruption perception index.”

Jessica Hand, Ambassador to Angola, said:

“After the first change of President in 38 years in 2017, Angola is undergoing significant political change. President João Lourenço has launched an anti-corruption drive and is looking to the UK to provide expertise and training, specifically in combatting money-laundering.

“I am delighted that Ministry of the Interior is now working directly with the Economic Crime Academy following David and Ian’s visit. This is an exciting opportunity for the UK to be at the forefront of this agenda, which will also have a direct benefit in supporting our bilateral law enforcement cooperation.”

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