Training Internationally: the Economic Crime Academy’s journey around the globe

Training Internationally: the Economic Crime Academy’s journey around the globe

14 May 2018


The Economic Crime Academy goes all over the world to help train law enforcement and improve the international approach to tackling fraud and cyber crime. In the last six months our trainers have been to several new and interesting countries, offering bespoke courses to a diverse range of law enforcement teams.


First time for the Academy in Kenya


Earlier this year Mike Betts the Head of Training and Skills at the Academy both developed and delivered an Introduction to Financial Investigation course for law enforcement in Kenya, on behalf of the College of Policing. The course was designed for Kenyan officials to develop their knowledge and skills in understanding financial investigation, including international money laundering techniques, and assist them in how to identify money laundering activities undertaken by both individuals and organised crime groups. The course was exceptionally well received and will help tackle issues including wildlife crime and people trafficking.


Commenting on this development programme Mike, said:“The Economic Crime Academy continue to support the forces international objectives through the delivery of courses like this one. The programme demonstrates how effective innovative methods of delivery which blend the policing skills of the City of London Police with the different crime types found in Kenya can achieve outstanding results.”


Courses in Colombia


Trainer, David Aldous travelled to Colombia in late 2017 to train the national police and members of the General Prosecutorial Office.

This training was provided on behalf of the National Crime Agency (NCA) and was focussed on anti-money laundering legislation. The training looked at how anti-money laundering laws can be effectively used to ensure Organised Crime Groups (OCGs) are disrupted and ultimately served long sentences.


Anti-money laundering legislation can have a twofold effect; the legislation can be used to ensure that OCGs are disrupted and in addition it provides an opportunity for police to explore predicate crimes such as drug trafficking and terrorism.


Speaking about his experience training in Colombia, David said: “It is extremely important that we conduct training internationally so that law enforcement teams across the world are able to effectively work together to fight crime.


“Money laundering is something that the Colombian police take very seriously and I was glad to be able to provide a bespoke course for this team of enthusiastic professionals.”



Sharing best practice in Peru


In addition, to the training in Colombia, David Aldous also provided a bespoke one week course for Police in Peru. The course taught the team about anti-money laundering laws and the importance of tackling this type of crime.


David Aldous in Peru


When asked about his week in Peru, David commented:
“Peru is a unique country with dedicated people working within its law enforcement teams. It was a pleasure to teach an enthusiastic class and have stimulating conversations about money laundering and international best practice.”

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