Investigative Techniques Programme

The Investigative Techniques Programme has been designed to provide organisations and their investigation staff with the knowledge and skills necessary to undertake effective investigations to an evidential standard suitable for criminal prosecution or internal resolution.


  • Understand the scale and nature of economic crime offences.
  • Be able to demonstrate how to develop an investigation plan incorporating case theory development, fast track enquiries and investigative aims and objectives.
  • Effectively manage material and evidence in anticipation of civil or criminal proceedings.
  • Be able to manage a conversation to achieve best evidence.
  • Identify potential improvements in the organisation’s practices and implement lessons learnt to reduce future threats and exposure to financial crime.


Who this course is for

All investigators, particularly those with a remit involving compliance and financial crime. 

Entry requirements

All delegates should be occupationally competent and have an understanding of your organisation’s Compliance Investigations manuals


Ten days of tutor led training


This course is currently only available as an in-house commission, as it is tailored to the requirements and procedures of your organisation.  Our fees will depend on exact requirements - please contact us on 020 7601 6846 or via to discuss your course.


Programme Content


Investigations are a key part of your business.  You’ll no doubt have in place a stringent policy, a series of checks and balances, and possibly be looking at the role that big data can play in identifying trends – all of which will serve you excellently in helping to protect the bank.   


Unfortunately no organization can be fully protected from financial crime or other misconduct.  The threat ranges from external actors who are looking to exploit your weaknesses to disgruntled insiders or simply those who fancy their chances.


Whilst investing in protection and prevention is vital, strong consideration needs to be given to the ‘what-when’ scenario.  You will at some point become victim to misconduct, whether or not this results in financial crime; and when it does happen how do you deal with it?


Strong investigative techniques are essential. Without the ability to investigate properly there is increased risk – not only might your investigation fail in its objectives but you might expose yourself and your organization to censure in court.  The programme is to be designed to reflect the trends and threats faced by the commercial banking sector with a particular focus on the insider threat from fraud and corruption.


The programme is built around the lifecycle of one or more case studies; delegates will be taken from initial reporting through to the presentation of evidence in the courtroom.  Delegates will build a full understanding of the scale and nature of economic crime, taking into account key enablers and how to identify red flags, using these as lines of enquiry.  Building on the Fraud Investigative Model successfully developed by the Academy for police investigations, delegates will look at how to develop a robust investigation plan, taking into account the need for fast track enquiries, case theory development, managing material and evidence and effective recording of decisions.


After exploring the knowledge and skills necessary to undertake a robust and thorough investigation, delegates will learn how to enable interoperability for the organisation and law enforcement to conduct joint operations and investigations.  Looking at securing evidence from digital platforms and how to structure and manage interviews to achieve best evidence, the course maintains a focus on working toward end game objectives and working within established investigative parameters. The programme also examines post-investigation case reviews and how to implement organisational learning.


Our Investigative Techniques Programme forms a cutting edge standard for investigative practice across the commercial sector.  It is available as an in-house commission, and will be tailored to take into account your established working practices and policies.




Ongoing assessment throughout the programme



Delegates successfully passing the course will be certified by the Commissioner of the City of London Police. In addition, on successful completion of all post-course requirements delegates will be eligible for either the Accredited Counter Fraud specialist or the International Accredited Counter Fraud Specialist qualification from the Counter Fraud Professional Accreditations Board