Police Officer

Financial Investigation (including POCA and Asset Recovery)

Level 7, 20 Credits

Course aim

on this module will raise your awareness of the significant benefits in utilising the various aspects of financial investigation to effectively deal with all levels of criminality, including serious and organised crime.

The programme will initially evaluate the strategic approaches, current legislation and assess the relationship between financial investigation, the proceeds of crime and asset recovery. It will take you through a systematic and structured approach in considering the offences, powers and investigation processes involved, also assessing those same issues in relation to money laundering.

You will evaluate the role of the Financial Investigator and Financial Investigation Teams from the local, regional, national and international perspective, together with measuring the benefits, efficiency and effectiveness of the multiagency approach to financial investigation, the re-use of assets, how performance is measured and the judicial processes.

Please note - This module is only available for the closed client group of officers and staff employed by law enforcement agencies who have the current level of vetting, as required by their respective employer, to be deployed in this area of investigation.

Course length

7 sessions run over a 18 week period

21 taught hours

200 learning hours

Course cost

The total cost for this CPD module is £760 on-site delivery at LJMU for UK domiciled students. Other delivery options are available – costs on enquiry.


Learning is on a part-time basis and through delivery on-site (at LJMU), off-site or through a blended delivery process incorporating some distance learning. Delivery will be supported by LJMU’s Virtual Learning Environment, Canvas. While the intake month is flexible, with the module being able to commence in semester 1, semester 2 or the summer period, the duration of study will usually last 18 weeks. Guest lecturers will be used on this programme and Masterclasses are likely to be run in parallel with each module.  Participants are strongly encouraged to attend these events if calendars allow.

Course content

After completing the module you should be able to:

  • Examine the international context that influences national policy and develop an understanding of the history of the development of the discipline in the UK
  • Critically assess the strategic approaches, the governing legislation, powers, procedures and the various investigation processes involved in financial investigation, proceeds of crime, asset recovery and money laundering
  • Critically evaluate the role of the Financial Investigator and Financial Investigation Teams in effectively dealing with all levels of criminality including serious and organised crime
  • Critically assess the impact of effective financial investigation, from the local to the international level and how this is enhanced by the multi-agency approach
  • Critically analyse how performance in financial investigation is measured, taking into account the governance and the Judicial processes around confiscation and the re-use of Assets

Assessment methods:

  • 2000 word essay
  • 2000 word reflective portfolio
Entry requirements
  • First degree at 2:2 or above, international equivalent or through RPEL
  • This module is This CPD module is open to recruitment for Police Officers or Police Staff. The content of the programme is also of relevance to individuals working in other law enforcement agencies who will deal with disclosure as a key element of their work processes (e.g. the NCA, DWP and H&S Executive)
CPD award

This 20-credit module is studied as a single CPD programme and can contribute towards further studies at Level 7.

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Further information

Further information is available in our Liverpool Centre for Advanced Policing Studies CPD brochure

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