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Role of Financial Investigators in Support of Criminal Investigations

NCJ Number
Police Chief Volume: 76 Issue: 3 Dated: March 2009 Pages: 20-22,25
Rick Ziolkowski
Date Published
March 2009
4 pages
This article describes the role of financial investigators, from the financial industry, in providing criminal investigating officers an invaluable partnership to combat financial and identity crimes.
Financial and identity crimes are fast becoming more complex and time consuming to investigate. With limited resources, police officers are expected to act independently and complete their investigations. Financial and identity crimes are specialized areas requiring specific knowledge and expertise. Police officers need someone who can assist throughout the course of the investigation. Most major financial institutions have dedicated investigative teams to support police inquiries where the ban or its customers are victims. Police officers need to reach out to a financial investigator to help in securing evidence as well as offering guidance and support to the investigation. This article presents an a brief overview of investigative units within financial institutions, the services provided within these units, and the partnership investigating officers offer law enforcement in their efforts to combat financial and identity crimes.