In 2011, the Scottish Government gave approval for matched funding (totalling £625K to continue to support the three police forces (Lothian and Borders, Strathclyde and Tayside) that were centrally funded to develop financial investigation in their police force areas from 2010 to 2012. The aim of this reinvestment was to increase the number of financial investigation staff working in units across Scotland to tackle community level and organised crime.
This research and review has been carried out in order to assess what changes have taken place in financial investigation since 2011 as a result of the reinvestment.
The main findings suggest that the funding has continued to maximise the ability of financial investigation units to effectively produce financial intelligence. The report also makes recommendations to continue development of financial investigation including the development of: communication, training and technology.