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Financial crime training for RGP officers

Two officers from the Royal Gibraltar Police Economic Crime Unit have completed a series of specialist financial investigation courses in the UK as part of an ongoing programme of professional accreditation.

Detective Sergeant Craig Goldwin and Detective constable Louis Garcia-White completed courses in Newport, Wales and Manchester respectively. Both courses were delivered by the National Crime Agency’s Proceeds of Crime Centre.

Mr Goldwin completed the ‘confiscation’ course while Mr Garcia-White completed the ‘financial investigators’ course.

As part of their training, the officers were required to peruse substantial pre-read material and complete an online examination which required a minimum 70% grade prior to being admitted to the course.

Mr Goldwin’s course covered legislation and basic concepts for both restraint and confiscation. Other areas covered included court procedure, confiscation in court, enforcement, reconsideration and appeals.

Mr Garcia-White’s course equipped participants with the knowledge, understanding, skills and behaviours required to manage financial intelligence, financial evidence in respect of criminal proceedings including money laundering where appropriate, as well as investigations relating to the confiscation and civil recovery of cash.

“Overall, the training enables the effective use of investigative powers under Gibraltar’s Proceeds of Crime Act 2015, and the recovery of cash in summary proceedings under this Act,” an RGP spokesman said.

“Having successfully completed their training, both officers will now benefit from ongoing monitoring by their specialist trainers, as part of their continuous professional development within the financial investigation and intelligence field.”