In the Chief Constable’s Annual Report 2018-19, which is to be laid before the 16th July sitting of the Island’s parliament, includes an infographic concerned with financial crime. However, in the text of the report the Chief Constable cautions that, “The infographic does not tell the whole story: the types of work being dealt with by officers from the ECU and complex and investigations often take years. For example, one investigation, which has run for a decade, is hugely active and continues to make good progress. There is an interesting issue in terms of how the Constabulary demonstrates its effectiveness when challenged by international bodies: simply obtaining convictions seems to be a measure favoured by some scrutiny bodies, but this approach brings the temptation of picking low hanging fruit in the form of convictions for minor matters, rather than for the lengthy, high value, cross-jurisdictional cases. Our focus will be on these major matters, which often have the greatest potential to cause harm to the Island’s reputation. It is this approach which has helped the Island in its successful work with various international bodies during the year.”.
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