On 1 December, Professional Security Magazine reported research from the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies at the University of Portsmouth. The ICJS asked why results of financial crime investigations vary so widely, especially when the fraud is the number 1 volume crime in the UK. It found that most police detectives in England and Wales investigating financial crime do not have enough knowledge to build a case. It found that only 40% of investigators understood the process by which fraud is reported. A third of those questioned said they had not received proper training in how to investigate financial crime. There was also a poor perception of fraud and the impact on victims amongst those questioned. It also found that, in many cases, investigators had a negative view of their work, and did not have the time, training or determination, researchers found. Financial crime is perceived to be notoriously challenging to investigate. Investigations into less prolific, but higher profile and headline grabbing crimes are known to get better results.
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