MET recruits accountants to fight fraud
The Metropolitan police has moved to recruit more accountants to be plain clothes fraud and financial crime investigators as part of a new squad of expert special constables.
Launched today the MET, with the aid of ICAEW council member Douglas Lambias, has begun a recruitment campaign aimed at attracting recruits from among the ranks of accountants with forensic and fraud expertise.
The project comes just a week after publication of the latest PMG Fraud Barometer which showed the value of fraud cases reaching UK courts had trebled year on year.
Detective chief superintendent James Perry welcomed the new approach:’This important scheme will not only mean that qualified accountantswill be able to form part of the teams investigating major cases such as fraudand money laundering, but that as special constables they can fullyparticipate in police interviews of suspects and undertake search warrants. It will, I believe, greatly assist in the fight against serious crime.’