Specialist Fraud Investigators Programme

The Specialist Fraud Investigators Programme is essential for detectives working within economic crime.  Establishing best investigative practice and a solid understanding of the Fraud Investigation Model from the outset, delegates will leave properly equipped to face the challenges of economic crime with a greater knowledge of preventing, detecting, disrupting and investigating fraud offences.  The course is only available to law enforcement. 


  • Summarise the fraud landscape and the threat posed by fraud to the UK economy
  • Understand how to utilise the Fraud Investigation Model to disrupt, prevent and investigate fraud
  • Outline the range of schemes and financial transactions used to commit fraud within the UK economy
  • Understand how to apply the ‘investigative mind-set’ in the investigation of fraud
  • Develop sound investigative strategies for preventing, disrupting and investigating fraud

Who this course is for


Law enforcement counter fraud specialists wishing to complete the Specialist Fraud Investigator Programme specialist elective.


Entry requirements


In accordance with the National PIP policy:

All candidates wanting to undertake the SFIP specialist elective must be:

  • an accredited PIP 2 investigator, having followed the PIP 2 investigator career pathway (or equivalent)


  • an accredited financial investigator (AFI) recognised by the NCA Proceeds of Crime Centre


  • have demonstrable experience of investigating serious and complex crime


How will I learn?


  1. Pre-read task
  2. Two-week trainer-led course
  3. Completion of a professional development portfolio over a period of 6 months after the course 


The Specialist Fraud Investigators Programme is designed to equip those attending to  investigate financial crime effectively with the focus on fraud and associated offences. The programme is based on a case study which delegates will process from the start of the course, enabling them to put their learning into practice as they progress through the topics.


Programme Content

The programme consists of a pre-read followed by a trainer-led course where the delegates will review the types of fraud and the Fraud Intelligence Model. The course will examine the role and functions of Action Fraud and the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau, before sample cases are put before officers. From here, delegates will be expected to make and justify decisions about the case study which arrives on their desk.

  • Step 1: The early phases of an investigation

Delegates will need to make choices about whether or not to disrupt the work of fraudsters before being debriefed by one of our experts. Discussion then moves to the merits of a thorough witness and victim strategy and the appropriate use of covert surveillance.

  • Step 2: Developing strategy

Delegates will develop an understanding of the importance of recording their decisions and rationale, learn the methods for ensuring maximum recovery of evidence from the use of both production orders and warrants, and consider whether voluntary attendance or arrest is most appropriate for suspects, with a detailed look at recent case law on the subject.

  • Step 3: The ongoing investigation

Following the successful implementation of strategy, delegates will decide on their case study subject. Each case can take a number of routes, and our tutors will examine each of the following topics:


The Bribery Act

Delegates will need to investigate a suspected incident of bribery relating to their case, examining the relevant parts of the Act, and discussing methods of pursuing prosecution.


Cyber-enabled fraud

Delegates will examine this topic looking at the usage and legality of open source investigation.

Financial investigation and forensic accountancy

Delegates will receive presentations on the role of the financial investigator and the forensic accountant. The course discusses what sort of results may be expected and how to integrate these specialisms into the investigation.


Media strategies

The media plays an important role in investigations, whether engaging with victims or seeking further information. Delegates will also discuss tactics for handling journalists to ensure positive outcomes.


International enquiries and multi-agency working

The City of London Police has extensive experience of large, complex international frauds involving a full range of inter-agency working in the UK. As economic crime grows, it will increasingly become necessary for all fraud officers to have an understanding of working internationally and the challenges and opportunities presented by this.


The defence perspective

Delegates will speak to a lawyer with experience of both prosecution and defence positions, and hear about their experiences of fraud cases, from the pre-disclosure stage through to the Court of Appeal. Delegates will learn how to minimise high risk areas and understand the factors that make investigations vulnerable to a strong defence team.

Case studies

In addition to the case studies running throughout the course, delegates will hear about recent high profile cases from police officers who have been directly involved in these investigations.



  • 60 minute assessment on the first day of course based on pre-read material
  • Weekly assessment of learning





This programme is certified by the Commissioner of the City of London Police. 

In addition, this programme is recognised by the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies (University of Portsmouth) as prior learning towards the first unit of the MSc Counter Fraud and Counter Corruption Studies. If you successfully enrol on the MSc you would only have to complete only one more unit to exit with a Pg Cert or you can go on to complete the full MSc. However, please note eligibility for the MSc programme is dependant on having a relevant undergraduate degree with a minimum of 2:2 and/or exceptional relevant professional experience, which will be taken into consideration via the normal application process. 


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