The local Police Service and other law enforcement officials are getting a boost in their white-collar crime fighting skills, through specialist training being facilitated by the United States Government.

A release from the United States Embassy in Port of Spain says the initiative is “part of the United States’ commitment to raise the standard of financial crimes investigation in Trinidad and Tobago”.

“The United States will continue to support Trinidad and Tobago’s law enforcement efforts to combat corruption, money laundering, and to disrupt and seize the illicit proceeds of transnational organized crime,” affirmed U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Shante Moore.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), McDonald Jacob, said the TTPS is looking forward to the expected inroads against white collar crime, as the training furthers the professional development of police officers in this specialist area of law enforcement.

“Hiring forensic accounting and auditing consultants is costly.  However, this partnership will support the TTPS’ investigations into white collar and enterprise crime and will also assist the organization with the management of its own finances,” DCP Jacob said, as he expressed appreciation for the partnership with the U.S. Embassy in facilitating such a program. 

The anti-white-collar-crime training began on November 11th and is being funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement. 

The Professional Graduate Diploma in Certified Forensic Accounting and Fraud Detection Program ends in July 2022. 

Some 12 local law enforcement and legal officials are working to become certified forensic accounting specialists and accountants.  Participants come from the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service’s (TTPS) Financial Investigations Branch, the Anti-Corruption Investigation Bureau, the Fraud Squad, Professional Standards Bureau, the Tobago Special Investigations Unit.  In addition, a representative from the Office of the Attorney General and Ministry of Legal Affairs also is receiving the specialist training. 

The students will attend courses in Forensic Accounting and Fraud Examination, Accounting Fundamentals and Auditing Fundamentals, Investigative Forensic Accounting and Forensic Auditing, Law, Evidence, Expert Testimony and Ethics, Applications to Forensic Accounting and Forensic Accounting Casework Analysis, and Report Writing and Case Management.