Money Laundering 35/2018

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04 April 2018
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Police Central Bureau of Investigation of Poland

Money laundering is an offence in its own right — but it is also closely related to other forms of serious and organised crime as well as the financing of terrorism. Almost all criminal activities yield profits, often cash, that criminals seek to launder through different means. These are carried out by transnational Organised Crime Groups regardless of their ethnic origin
or geographical location, therefore defying categorisation. Money laundering activities are so diffuse for a relatively simple reason: Organised Crime is a commercial activity working for financial benefit. Although not a new concept, the fact that criminals operate for profit is something that has not fully translated into the approach towards tackling Serious and Organised Crime. For a host of reasons, money laundering convictions and asset recovery efforts remain largely underdeveloped in the EU.

That is why training like “Money laundering” is needed to improve the understanding of money laundering schemes, enhance competencies in transnational financial investigation techniques, to assess the phenomenon, to appraise its complexity, promote knowledge of the powers and legal basis of the law enforcement authority fight against financial offences. The course will also allow to summarise information on investigative tools, possible solution for effective international cooperation, best practice as well as to gain picture of the new scientific findings, discoveries like profiling perpetrator of money laundering and the risk assessment methods of money laundering.

Police Central Bureau of Investigation is organising the CEPOL activity “Money Laundering”, with the valuable contribution of Consortium Members from Portugal (Judiciary Police School) and Italy (Guardia di Finanza) and with support of competent authorities – Europol, Eurojust, Financial Investigation Units, National Public Prosecutor’s Office, Asset Recovery Office, Ministry of Finance, Border Guard, Internal Security Agency, Central Anti-Corruption Bureau, private financial sector, academic experts. The aim of the activity is to enhance knowledge and competences in preventing money laundering and conducting transnational financial investigation techniques. Target group will be consisting of 26 law enforcement officers involved in economic and financial crime investigation as well as criminal investigation team leaders, all with at least 3 – 5 years of experience in ML. Participants will mostly come from European Union countries and CEPOL partner countries. The CEPOL course will be held in Warsaw (POLAND) from 4 to 8 June 2018.

CEPOL – the EU Agency for Law Enforcement Training brings together senior police officers across Europe with the aim to encourage cross-border cooperation in the fight against crime and maintenance of public security and law and order. Established as an agency of the European Union (EU) in 2006, CEPOL organises between 80-100 residential activities per year, besides the online courses and the Webinars. The implementation of the residential activities takes place at the colleges of the Member States and the activities cover a wide-range of topics. For more information about CEPOL, visit: www.cepol.europa.eu.

Police Central Bureau of Investigation is a separate organisational institution of investigative service within the National Polish Police operating on the whole territory of Poland and dealing with detection, prevention and fight against organised crime. The scope of intelligence activity is mainly focused on: smuggling of drugs (large scale), smuggling of arms, explosives, alcohol and tobacco, activity of organised criminal groups, acts of criminal terror, financial and corruption offences, undercover operations, protection of crown witnesses (special program).

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